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METHADONE HCL

Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. It also is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms in patients who were addicted to opiate drugs and are enrolled in treatment programs in order to stop taking or continue not taking the drugs. Methadone is in a class of medications called opiate (narcotic) analgesics. Methadone works to treat pain by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain. It also works as a substitute for opiate drugs of abuse by producing similar effects and preventing withdrawal symptoms in people who have stopped using these drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

Important Information About This Drug

Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

As many as one quarter of those receiving these drugs over a long period of time in a primary care setting struggle with addiction.

Read more about the appropriate use of these drugs and speak to your doctor about their risks.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

At a Glance: This Drug in 2013

1.45M
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 191 of 3238

$24.6M
Retail Cost

Rank: 554 of 3238

173,843
Patients

Rank: 309 of 3238

80,104
Prescribers

Rank: 279 of 3238

User Reviews of Related Drug Methadone »

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Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 23,094 167,591 $3.79M
Florida 14,694 111,241 $1.7M
Michigan 8,804 70,226 $1.17M
Texas 9,959 66,860 $1.08M
North Carolina 8,094 64,525 $1.03M
Washington 7,161 64,229 $974K
Ohio 7,327 57,195 $782K
New York 8,413 56,609 $1M
Georgia 6,429 50,960 $780K
Alabama 5,207 45,534 $761K
Pennsylvania 5,934 45,486 $847K
Oregon 5,091 44,248 $814K
Indiana 5,004 39,451 $669K
Massachusetts 4,722 38,595 $626K
Virginia 4,128 32,562 $553K
Tennessee 4,073 31,265 $503K
Missouri 3,536 27,650 $461K
Wisconsin 3,208 26,988 $455K
Kentucky 3,196 26,846 $410K
Maryland 3,148 25,206 $386K
Arizona 3,397 24,298 $479K
Illinois 3,499 24,264 $394K
Arkansas 2,695 21,465 $330K
Colorado 2,708 21,422 $462K
Minnesota 2,694 20,718 $297K
Nevada 2,646 19,115 $301K
Louisiana 2,037 17,510 $288K
Oklahoma 2,083 16,890 $284K
South Carolina 2,356 16,465 $283K
New Jersey 2,149 16,169 $289K
Idaho 1,916 14,800 $213K
Maine 1,560 14,065 $230K
Kansas 1,738 14,042 $247K
Utah 1,625 13,062 $183K
New Hampshire 1,361 12,897 $188K
Iowa 1,383 10,942 $149K
Connecticut 1,154 9,641 $175K
West Virginia 1,198 8,629 $123K
Mississippi 1,192 8,131 $115K
Nebraska 939 7,410 $103K
Vermont 738 6,250 $94.6K
Delaware 834 5,848 $76K
New Mexico 845 5,804 $94.7K
Montana 633 5,400 $75K
Hawaii 611 4,369 $86.3K
Alaska 387 3,372 $58.8K
Rhode Island 398 2,901 $46K
South Dakota 312 2,638 $38.7K
North Dakota 343 2,572 $35.7K
Wyoming 209 1,513 $23.9K
District of Columbia 325 1,363 $22.6K
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients Methodology »

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Top prescribers for METHADONE HCL

Provider Medicare Claims City State
GEORGE HOWELL MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled954

PEA RIDGE

Arkansas

JOHN BERESH M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled949

HAMILTON

Ohio

KENNETH BARNGROVER D O

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled929

COLUMBUS

Georgia

ROBERT SACKHEIM MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled924

PENSACOLA

Florida

FATHALLA MASHALI MD

Critical Care Medicine

Claims Filled923

WINCHESTER

Massachusetts

DAVID COSGROVE MD

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled918

BIRMINGHAM

Alabama

HISHAM HAKIM MDMPH

Specialist

Claims Filled900

BIRMINGHAM

Alabama

JORGE LEAL MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled884

TAMPA

Florida

CHRISTOPHER HILL M.D.

Anesthesiology

Claims Filled867

SAN BERNARDINO

California

MUHAMMAD ALI M.D.

Claims Filled865

JASPER

Alabama

LAWRENCE WINIKUR M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled865

DANVILLE

Virginia

ASHLEY BURROUGHS NP

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Claims Filled860

BILOXI

Mississippi

MARK ELLIS MD

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled859

ATHENS

Georgia

PATRICK TITUS M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled854

MILFORD

Delaware

PRIMO TAMAYO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled834

GLENDALE

Wisconsin

MICHELLE ZHONG M.D.

Physical Medicine Rehabilitation

Claims Filled833

TACOMA

Washington

JONATHAN COSTA MD

Physical Medicine Rehabilitation

Claims Filled818

HERMITAGE

Tennessee

IQBAL SINGH M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled815

SELMA

Alabama

LAWRENCE PETERS MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled814

LOUISVILLE

Kentucky

GUANG YANG M.D.

Physical Medicine Rehabilitation

Claims Filled805

STOW

Ohio

MICHAEL GIBSON M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled804

BIRMINGHAM

Alabama

JOHN KELLY MD

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled765

CRESTVIEW HILLS

Kentucky

SURESH GUPTA MD

Specialist

Claims Filled760

DAYTON

Ohio

STEPHEN KATZ M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled758

ALEXANDRIA

Louisiana

HOWARD DIAMOND MD

Physical Medicine Rehabilitation

Claims Filled758

RICHARDSON

Texas