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Dosing Information

The dose of methadone your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Whether the drug is used for pain or addiction
  • How you respond to it
  • Other medications you are taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Methadone Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Methadone

Just like any medicine, methadone can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Common side effects of methadone include, but are not limited to:
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating.
(Click Methadone Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Drug Interactions

Methadone can potentially interact with several other medicines (see Methadone Drug Interactions).
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