About Methadone

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What Is Methadone?

Methadone is a long acting synthetic opiate that is taken in a liquid oral form once per day. The proper dose of methadone remains effective for 24-36 hours and does not result in an altering of perceptions or euphoria. A person taking methadone is alert, energetic, able to function well, and feels no withdrawal symptoms between doses of the drug. It is important to note that a person with a pre-existing opiate or heroin dependency does not gain an additional addiction when he/she takes methadone. Methadone satisfies that person’s pre-existing opiate dependency in a safe, legal, and responsible manner under the supervision of medical professionals. Here, patients must participate in treatment as planned and prescribed. Missing a methadone dose may result in discomfort and the start of withdrawal. Once stable on the proper methadone dose, a patient will most likely feel less of a need to inject heroin, thus minimizing the health risks of HIV and hepatitis B and C. Patients who stop using heroin and other drugs can altogether avoid the possibility of overdosing. Methadone treatment is provided in an environment where medical and counseling services are readily available. Here, many methadone patients make changes in their lives and build support systems that allow them to improve their health and stay sober.

Interactions and Side Effects of Methadone

Methadone may be interactive with other drugs and alcohol. Please tell our physician if you are taking any prescriptions or have a dependency or addiction for another drug. The use of other opiates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol may be dangerous in combination with methadone. You may experience some side effects during treatment but these are usually minimal and short-lived. Please read the list below and notify the medical staff if you experience any of the following symptoms: light headedness, dizziness, extreme tiredness, nausea and vomiting, sweating, ankle swelling, skin rash, restlessness, malaise, weakness, headache, insomnia, agitation, disorientation, visual disturbance, constipation, dry mouth, flushing of the face, low heart rate, faintness and fainting, problems urinating, changes in sexual drive, irregular menstruation, joint pain, joint swelling, and numbness.