Liquid Methadone Color Discrepancy

SJJ Says:

My husband is taking liquid methadone has been for about four years and this morning he noticed his medicine was cloudy and then he took his other doses out and found several others of his doses were too. They were filled at the same time. Is this supposed to happen? And is it common? He said he hasn't bee feeling right for the last couple of days. I am worried, has anyone have this happen to thiers? And what could cause it?

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Verwon Says:

I'm not sure, but it makes me wonder if perhaps they didn't mix it properly.

Has he tried calling the clinic or doctor that he receives it from to ask them?

What are the symptoms he's experiencing when he says he isn't feeling right?


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MAL Says:

never heard of cloudy methadone unless juice is added.even then its not cloudy.
Is this is the clear or red type of methodone
I woild have taken them back to clinic to be sure bottles were clean.

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josaphene Says:

liquid methadone can come in powder form and mixed with water thats why it may be cloudy and taste different or strange? i have had the same problem some is sugar free that tastes alot different. i would ask the pharmacy he gets it from? esp if hes not feeling to good as it may be a bad batch or something? i hope hes not too unwell as methadone withdrawl is horrible!!

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loren Says:

My methadone clinics methadone is not always the same. I'm sick one day and loaded on other days I think the owner is cutting the methadone with water .people I know r changing clinics and say its so strong and they r high really high. What do I do how do I report it . Intergreated health clinic is doing it and I don't know what to do I'm coming down on my dose and if there messing with my dose I'm never going to grt off.

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GoldenBoy Says:

The methadone bottle was probably just getting very low, and the clinic just needed to change bottles. His doses were just at the very end of the bottle. Therefore; making the methadone appear cloudy.
I hope He is feeling better. this message is 4 months later...but still informing.

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JnJ Says:

My Mom and I have been on the methedone program successfully for over 3 years, and we also, have noticed a cloudy, white substance in our carrie (have had full carries for over 2 years.) We have also noticed a huge difference in the way we feel. If you get anymore answers regarding this, We would greatly appreciate an email or post to figure out what's going on with our Methedone. It started to change back in Jan. of 2012. Also, am I allowed to ask the pharmacist at the clinic and see my carries tested? So that I can make sure we are getting the proper, perscribed dosage. Thanks again,

J & J

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Littlered Says:

I have been successfully on methadone for 8 yrs. and it has SAVED MY LIFE! I get my methadone at the pharmacy and I get 1 month at a time.Sometimes towards the end of the month I notice that my medication is cloudy, that's how I got to this website.Just last night I put it in the refridgerator (locked up) to see if that will make a difference.I'll let you know in a couple of weeks if this helps the situation.Thanks for everyone else's input!!! Littlered

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lady Kay Says:

How can u tell that it is clear liquid methadone cuz I ran short and someone helped me out with clear liquid methadone but I didn't see them take it out the bottle and I never had the clear liquid methadone before is there any way to identify it

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Marky Mark Says:

I'm confused, what color is methadone really? Ive heard its clear and clinics add a solution, for ex. green solution in my clinic, to give it some color, and obviously when u get dosed u have an option of juice or water. Im asking because Ive noticed my methadone is much lighter in color the past few days and I hope no one is messing it up and watering it down. It comes out lighter out of the pump already so it would had to be tampered with before hand if at all. Any thoughts, ideas?

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Diana Says:

Where do you get methadone prescribed at a pharmacy once a month??!! I would love to move there. Over here in N.Y. The most is once a week!

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Selene Says:

is there any white clear methadone? it looks like water.

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Donna Says:

I am curious what the clear liquid methadone is suppose to tastes like? My dr shorted me and told me I would be fine for three days and I of course was not fine so I had to get some from someone else... The bottle was sealed but it tastes like water so I feel like they maybe just put the seal back on with just water in it.....

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rhonda Says:

I have been on liquid methadone, cherry flavor for 11 years an have never experienced anything bad or cloudy . I'm so sry this is happening. Not cool

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rhonda Says:

Omg it taste awful. It taste worst then anything I have ever tased. U would no if it was methadone. The clear gags u.

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Walter boy Says:

Methadone in Scotland is green and 1mg to every 1ml . Sometimes cloudy. Think it's just the bottom of thereptile 1000ml bottle it turns a bit cloudy. Am reducing now. Was on 100 now down to 55. 50 starting Monday. Not looking forward to getting to lower than 30 and switching to suboxon. Think I'll need time of work

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Lisa Says:

How are you guys getting liquid from a pharmacy, I thought you can only get that from a clinic, I was getting it from my pcp for pain and they just cut me, because of all these drs getting arrested. They referred me to pain management but no luck yet. I'm on long Island if any one knows of any where I can go please let me know. Thank you

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Brandon Says:

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First of all you don't feel HIGH but if you don't have it u feel like s***. It is the government way of making money from the addicts. Withdrawing from other opioids is a picnic in comparison and they don't care about your sobriety because if you are 1 minute late they won't dose u and laugh when you beg so don't get it twisted it ain't no party.

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Dee Says:

I just started taking methadone and the one I got is like a light mint green looking color. Has anyone ever ssw this color before? Everyone that I ask said they never saw it in green always red and orange. Can anyone help and let me know if they've seen green methadone 100mg

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Dan Says:

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You obviously have no idea what the f*** your talking about. I am a Pharmacy Tech, and I have been addicted to Opiates since I was 18. Methadone does not create that "rush" most opiates have. Your other comment, "free" I pay $80 a week for my methadone, as well as being forced to go to a therapist, and 2 drug panels a month. Only a very very small percentage gets it for free. In Detroit it's 90% cash based, some clinics dont take any insurance. Next time mind your F*** buisiness, especially if you have no idea WTF your talking about. I've seen alcohol do worse things to people, things opiates would never do.. dumb people wreck it for everyone.

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K marsh Says:

Re: Lisa (# 16) Expand Referenced Message

Canada, UK, etc. gets theirs from pharmacy. In U S. It's clinic only!!

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Connor Says:

Re: Diana (# 10) Expand Referenced Message

Vermont u get 30 days take homes to aftwr a year clwan .

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Tater Says:

Re: Dan (# 20) Expand Referenced Message

Your comment was posted back in 2016, it's now 2021....but, every word you stated is correct!

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Michael M Says:

Re: Nik (# 79) Expand Referenced Message

Couldn't have said it better myself

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Michael M Says:

I am having the same issue. I get my doses every 2 weeks and toward the end of that period my doses start losing their color and smell. Usually it a deep red and the smell is potent enough to hit ur gag reflex. However, I have noticed when it loses the color it is also losing that potent smell, and it feels like the all around potency has gotten much weaker bc when I take the doses that have lost smell and color I start feeling sluggish half way thru the day, and when I finally get my next 2 weeks to take home. That 1st one I take that is deep red and smells strong works well. So I don't think everyone's stories can be chalked up to the food coloring.

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Mandi Says:

Hi I just wanted to tell you that my methadone is always cloudy. Mine is red and if it sits for any amount of time it gets cloudy. I noticed my take home bottles get this way after a couple of days.

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Joy Carl Says:

Re: Diana (# 10) Expand Referenced Message

Washington State is a monthly carry state! After you reach a week of take home doses, you go next to two weeks, and the final step takes you to the full month. I believe that's the maximum set by the FEDERAL government, specifically the DEA. But each state has its own Methadone Authority, which is free to customize their own MAT guidelines, provided they are within the Federal Guidelines. In Washington, the variance in carry limits comes down to the individual clinic. For example, the MAT program operated by the County Health Department has a one week maximum for carries. But privately operated clinics, such as the one I attend, allows clients to earn the monthly privilege. They accept Medicaid for payment just like Public programs, but they are a bit more relaxed in several areas, despite being regulated and audited by the same standard. However, MAT programs only have a certain amount of room to customize their rules. Most of the guidelines of any given clinic are firmly set by the DEA and SAMHSA, and tightly regulated & monitored for compliance. For example, the UA parameters, the lock box requirements & counseling aspects, are specified by SAMHSA, and are collectively known as TIP 43. It outlines the non-negotiables that have been standardized from State to State, program to program. It also specifies the responsibility clinics have to their clients, and the rights of every client / patient when any sort of disciplinary action, conflict with clinic staff, general concern regarding policies or other grievance becomes an issue which puts the clients continued participation at risk. Methadone patients have more rights than they're often aware of, and for anyone who is facing an involuntary dose decrease, an administrative discharge or other disciplinary action, TIP 43 is the place to learn how to advocate for yourself, and where to find support when dealing with those issues. Clinics don't make a point in arming patients with the tools to challenge them, but don't allow yourself to be bullied, threatened with losing your dose, or treated unfairly, because there are laws to protect you from discrimination, and procedures that clinics must follow before taking adverse action. Google "SAMHSA TIP 43", and download it for free. And if your clinic maxes out at one week of carries, it may be worthwhile to call around and inquire into private clinics as well. I hope that helps.

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Kaydollasign Says:

Re: Verwon (# 1) Expand Referenced Message

Well, Not sure why they're sending me these notices for posts from 2011?? But I will give you an idea of what might have happened anyway. Years ago a doctor was prescribing me 30 mg. Roxicodone and I noticed I was always getting shorted. The last time it happened I was shorted exactly 20, I don't think anyone mis-counts by 20! I called and the pharmacist got right on the phone and never questioned me or anything and said to come right back and they'll have those 20 all ready for me. Well, I figured it out, it was the pharmacist himself who was helping himself to my much needed medicine!! I suspect that this may be what happened w/ your husband's methadone. Who ever prepared it probably poured some for themselves and watered it down to fill it back to where it was supposed to be. Do NOT trust any pharmacist, they can be some of the worst addicts, I mean a pharmacist stealing pills from customers, it doesn't get any worse than that folks! Not many people count their pills when they get them but let me suggest that you start doing it now, especially in these times when doctors are in such fear of the DEA that they won't RX anything stronger than a tramadol. Incidentally, we are Not in any damn opioid epidemic anymore, the CDC wants to keep this farce going because there's a couple of real opiatephobic *****s that are in charge of the national guidelines. They are including alcohol mixed w/ other drugs in their totals for opiate related deaths!! Also, they're including heroin and fake fentanyl deaths. They have really created a disaster for people who suffer with chronic pain. Such unnecessary suffering and for what?? The opioid epidemic has been over for more than 5 yrs, how in the heck could there still be one when there aren't any doctors prescribing anything?! To the CDC, you have a LOT to answer for!

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Chuck Says:

Re: Donna (# 12) Expand Referenced Message

The clear methadone has a very harsh taste I vent even explain.

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Brandy Says:

Re: Dan (# 20) Expand Referenced Message

So true!!! People are so ignorant to something that they have no idea about!! Ain’t nothing free about it!! And also why is she on this forum any damn way!!! We have a disease and she needs to do her research before blabbing her mouth out the side of her neck!!! ????? SMH!! Dumbass people!! And he’ll no it’s not a party... but if course that’s what these dumbass people that have no clue about what they are talking about!

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