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Review: could Methadone cause Rheumatoid arthritis?

We study 2,052 people who have side effects while taking Methadone from FDA and social media. Among them, 6 have Rheumatoid arthritis. Find out below who they are, when they have Rheumatoid arthritis and more.

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Methadone hydrochloride

Methadone hydrochloride (latest outcomes from 2,811 users) has active ingredients of methadone hydrochloride. It is often used in pain.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (a chronic progressive disease causing inflammation in the joints) (latest reports from 320,807 patients) has been reported by people with osteoporosis, high blood pressure, pain, high blood cholesterol, osteopenia.

On Sep, 15, 2014: 2,052 people reported to have side effects when taking Methadone hydrochloride. Among them, 6 people (0.29%) have Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Trend of Rheumatoid arthritis in Methadone hydrochloride reports

Time on Methadone hydrochloride when people have Rheumatoid arthritis * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Rheumatoid arthritis0.00%0.00%0.00%50.00%0.00%0.00%50.00%

Age of people who have Rheumatoid arthritis when taking Methadone hydrochloride * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Rheumatoid arthritis0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%66.67%16.67%16.67%

Severity of Rheumatoid arthritis when taking Methadone hydrochloride ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Rheumatoid arthritis0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Rheumatoid arthritis ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Rheumatoid arthritis0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Osteopenia (2 people, 33.33%)
  2. Inflammation (2 people, 33.33%)
  3. Anxiety disorder (1 people, 16.67%)
  4. Constipation (1 people, 16.67%)
  5. Pain (1 people, 16.67%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Zometa (3 people, 50.00%)
  2. Zestril (3 people, 50.00%)
  3. Aspirin (3 people, 50.00%)
  4. Percocet (3 people, 50.00%)
  5. Protonix (3 people, 50.00%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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    Kath Nugent on Aug, 26, 2014:

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  • From this study (1 week ago):

  • I have been on methadone for 6 1/2 months now and since July 25th I've had rhabdomyolysis twice. One dr thinks it's caused from the methadone and I find it hard to believe. The first time I got it I went to the gym and lifted weights for a long time. The second time I wasn't doing anything but calisthenics. I am getting a muscle biopsy done on Monday to see if they can find something. But if they dont, can it really be from the methadone? I really hope someone who has been through this or maybe a dr can answer. All input is appreciated. Thanks for your help.

    Reply

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