What is methadone?
Methadone 10mg is a long-acting opioid medication that is used to reduce withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs, and it can also be used as a pain reliever. When methadone is used for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) it reduces withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings Methadone 10mg is a highly regulated medication (Schedule 2 Controlled Substances Act) and when used for OUD is only available through approved opioid treatment programs (OTP) that involve regular monitoring, counseling, and drug testing to make sure that patients are making progress in their recovery.
You should not use this medicine if you have severe asthma or breathing problems or a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
MISUSE OF Methadone 10mg CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
Taking opioid medicine during pregnancy may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn. See below for more information on using this medicine in pregnancy.
Fatal side effects can occur if you use opioid medicine with alcohol, or with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.
If I miss a dose, what happens?
When you miss a dose of methadone for pain, take it as soon as you remember, then take your next dose 8 to 12 hours later.
If you take Methadone 5mg for drug addiction, take your missed dose the next day at the normal time. Call your doctor if you miss more than three doses in a row. If you need to lower your dose, you may need to restart your dosing schedule.
Take only one dose at a time.
If I overdose, what happens?
Call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if you need emergency medical attention. Overdoses can be deadly, especially in children and people using opioids without a prescription. An overdose may cause severe drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, slow breathing, or no breathing at all.
Keep naloxone with you at all times (a medicine to reverse an opioid overdose) if your doctor recommends it. If you stop breathing or don’t wake up, someone can give you naloxone. The caregiver must still seek emergency medical assistance and may have to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on you until help arrives.
Anyone can buy naloxone from a pharmacy or local health department. Make sure any person caring for you knows where you keep naloxone and how to use it.