How To Use This Medicine
Use Methadone exactly as it was prescribed for you.
Do not use the medication in
larger amounts or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions
on your prescription label.
Like other narcotic medicines, Methadone can slow your breathing, even long after
the pain-relieving effects of the medication wear off.
Death may occur if breathing
becomes too weak. Never use more Methadone than your doctor has prescribed. Call
your doctor if you think the medicine is not working.
When Methadone is used as part of a treatment program for drug addiction or
detoxification, you will receive the medication through a clinic or special pharmacy.
Your doctor may recommend that Methadone be given to you by a family member or
other caregiver. This is to make sure you are using the medicine as it was prescribed
as part of your treatment.
Additional forms of counseling and/or monitoring may be recommended during treatment
Methadone is available in tablets, oral solution (liquid) and as an injection. The
pill and oral liquid forms of Methadone must never be used to make a Methadone injection.
Methadone may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed
for. Methadone should never be shared with another person, especially someone who
has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where
others cannot get to it.
Store Methadone at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of how many pills have been used from each new bottle of this medicine.
Methadone is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if any person in the household
is using this medicine improperly or without a prescription.