Methadone (Mathadose) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations

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What is the Generic Name for Mathadose?

methadone

What is the Trade Name for methadone?

Mathadose

What are the Indications of Methadone (Mathadose) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

withdrawal symptoms, pain

What are the Actions of Methadone (Mathadose) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

Suppresses withdrawal symptoms. Binds to opiate receptors in the CNS and alters perception of pain while producing a general depression of the CNS. This depression also causes a decrease in the cough reflex and GI motility.

What is the Therapeutic Class of Methadone (Mathadose) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

opioid analgesic

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Methadone (Mathadose) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

opioid agonist

What are the Nursing Considerations of Methadone (Mathadose) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

  • use caution if patient is receiving MAO Inhibitors
  • may cause QT prolongation, hypotension, respiratory depression, dependence, confusion, sedation
  • assess pain, vital signs, bowel function
  • may increase pancreatic enzyme levels
  • assess withdrawal symptoms

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