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Question: hydrocodone or methadone?


 kmoore73 - Tue Jun 07, 2005 12:25 pm

My husband has been taking 3 vicodin 7.5 per day for 7 years. He recently went to a methadone clinic to help him quit the vicodin. He is not adjusting well to the methadone. It has been about 2 1/2 weeks and he is falling asleep at the table, not able to eat and not able to get motivated. I am curious which is worse for his body, the methadone ( he is at 50 mg) or the 3 vicodin every day. He is physically miserable with the methadone. Thanks, from a concerned wife.
 Rhonda P, CEP - Sun Jul 10, 2005 11:23 pm

User avatar Hello,

The time he has been on methadone isn’t long; he hasn’t had time to adjust yet. Please talk to your husband’s doctor about his responses. You have very legitimate concerns and the clinic can answer your questions, they may even have literature for you to read. I will post the basic details for both medications as a reference.

METHADONE is a NARCOTIC similar to morphine. It is used for pain relief as well as reducing withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs as part of a drug addiction detoxification and maintenance program.

It may be habit forming, physically and/or psychologically dependency can occur.

Methadone can cause the following effects, any of them can become more serious with over-the-counter medications such as cough, cold or pain relievers. Alcohol and other prescription medications may also increase these effects:

anxiety, nervousness, or restlessness;
• dizziness or lightheadedness;
nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea;
• drowsiness;
• decreased appetite;
• dry mouth;
constipation;
• weakness; or
• sexual problems.


VICODIN is also known as HYDROCODONE which is related to codeine and is a NARCOTIC. It is usually used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Hydrocodone is habit forming. It is possible become physically and/or psychologically dependent on the medication.

Vicodin can cause the following effects, any of them can become more serious with over-the-counter medications such as cough, cold or pain relievers. Alcohol and other prescription medications may also increase these effects:


• dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, or decreased appetite;
• dizziness, tiredness, or lightheadedness;
• muscle twitches;
• sweating;
itching;
• decreased urination; constipation
• decreased sex drive

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