Methadone is an opioid medication. Unlike other opioid medications, it does not cause the “high” sought out by those suffering from addiction. Methadone affects the brain and spinal cord, blocking the “high” experienced from using opiates. It is often used as a detox maintenance medication to help reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Methadone is commonly used due to its ability to decrease withdrawal symptoms for 24-36 hours.
When used and administered correctly, Methadone has the ability to reduce withdrawal symptoms, cravings and decrease the likelihood of relapse. Common Methadone side effects are: lethargy, dizziness, nausea/vomiting and increased sweating. Some dangerous possible side effects of Methadone are: shallow breathing, light-headedness, severe constipation, irregular heartbeat, chest pain and breathing difficulties.
While Methadone can be useful for some during the detox process, there is the potential for misuse, which can lead to serious health risks. Even when taken as prescribed, there Methadone can be habit-forming. Misuse of Methadone can cause addiction, overdose or even death. Fatalities have been reported after people injected the drug into their vein. You should not drink alcohol while using Methadone, dangerous side effects and death can occur if an individual drinks while on Methadone.
Methadone has been used for over 50 years. While there are benefits to using Methadone as a treatment for opioid addiction, it can also lead to addiction. Substituting one drug for another can impede the recovery process. It is important to understand there are other methods to detox safely from opioid addiction that do not include Methadone maintenance treatment. Methadone treatment is a temporary fix for a long-term problem. If you or someone you know needs help from Opioid addiction, do not hesitate to contact us at (888)357-7577.