Review: could Methadone hydrochloride cause Insomnia?
Summary: Insomnia is found among people who take Methadone hydrochloride, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, also take medication Zometa, and have Pain.
We study 2,080 people who have side effects while taking Methadone hydrochloride from FDA and social media. Among them, 53 have Insomnia. Find out below who they are, when they have Insomnia and more.
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Methadone hydrochloride has active ingredients of methadone hydrochloride. It is often used in pain. (latest outcomes from 2,842 Methadone hydrochloride users)
Insomnia (sleeplessness) has been reported by people with depression, quit smoking, pain, high blood pressure, stress and anxiety. (latest reports from 143,724 Insomnia patients)
On Jan, 16, 2015: 2,080 people reported to have side effects when taking Methadone hydrochloride. Among them, 54 people (2.60%) have Insomnia.
Time on Methadone hydrochloride when people have Insomnia * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
Age of people who have Insomnia when taking Methadone hydrochloride * :
Severity of Insomnia when taking Methadone hydrochloride ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
How people recovered from Insomnia ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Pain (9 people, 16.67%)
- Depression (8 people, 14.81%)
- Blood cholesterol abnormal (4 people, 7.41%)
- Osteopenia (4 people, 7.41%)
- Anxiety (4 people, 7.41%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Zometa (12 people, 22.22%)
- Gabapentin (12 people, 22.22%)
- Ibuprofen (11 people, 20.37%)
- Neurontin (10 people, 18.52%)
- Clonazepam (10 people, 18.52%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
Comments for this study:
Josh (3 years ago):
i am on methadone for a little over a year and wake up in the morning with no more food in the fridge. I do not remember eating at all. i am on 120mg of methadone. my wife says i also smoke and walk and talk in my sleep and i do not remember that either. this has been going on for about 6 months now. anyone else have these problems. i eat mostly sugars in the night. my wife wants to chain me to the bed because she is afraid i will catch the house on fire from smoking and falling asleep with the cigarette in my hand.
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Hi Everyone - I am desperate to talk to people who suffer like me. I have RLS and insomnia. I take Mirapex, Gabapenten, and have tried about 6 different kinds of sleeping pills and for the last 3 years I sleep about 3 to 4 hours a night. I can fall asleep but I cannot stay asleep. I am so sick of living like this. Nothing helps to keep me asleep. I go to bed at the same time every night (9) and around 1:00am, I wake up to go to the bathroom then the nightmare begins.... I cannot go back to sleep. I feel tired, depressed, alone and desperate for help. I have been to the Mayo Clinic twice and to numerous doctors and although they try, I can't get better. I exercise everyday for 1 - 1&1/2 hrs a day. I do not have any other health issues at all. This is a real big problem and a awful way to live. I just feel so alone and sad.
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