Methadone treatment and physical complaints: A clinical analysis

John Langrod, Joyce Lowinson, Pedro Ruiz

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In this study 102 male patients on the Harlem Hospital Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program were asked about physical complaints which they attributed to taking methadone. The most common complaints were sweating, constipation, drowsiness, sexual problems, and aches in bones and joints. There were no statistically significant differences between new patients and long-term patients, but long-term patients appear more likely to be bothered by sweating than new patients, and constipation occurs most frequently during the initial stages of treatment. Complaints were found, in general, to be minor and did not constitute a barrier to patient retention in treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)947-952
Number of pages6
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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