- July 14, 2018
Methadone was developed in Germany during WWII. It was used as a narcotic pain reliever for treating patients experiencing moderate to severe levels of pain. We often see it prescribed in the United States to treat individuals with lung cancer as it helps control intractable coughing in terminally ill patients.
In addition to treating pain, Methadone is commonly used as a substitute drug for individuals undergoing detox and treatment for heroin or morphine.
This powerful drug is prescribed to people in either oral, tablet, or injected and given under supervision. Methadone works by suppressing the nervous system and rewiring how the brain handles psychological and physical pain.
Methadone is one of the most commonly used medications for treating opioid or opiate dependency. This medication works to alleviate withdrawal symptoms in patients undergoing detox. Unfortunately, people abuse methadone illegally in order to get high.
Although Methadone doesn’t create the high typically associated with opioids, it provides users a sense of well-being euphoria that users like. The effects of Methadone can last several hours once administrated. Some of the most common effects of Methadone are:
– Relaxation and a feeling of detachment
– Impaired respiratory function
– Reduced pain both physically and psychologically
– Relief of anxiety and depression
– Delayed body functions
Individuals that abuse Methadone often experiences adverse reactions as a result. Some side effects individuals have from this drug are:
– Allergic reaction causing rashes, hives, or difficulty breathing
– Severe confusion
– Loss of sex drive
– Problems urinating
– Problems passing bowel movements
– Swelling in the arms and legs
– Severe mood changes
– Erratic heartbeat
Is Methadone addictive?
Methadone should be considered an addictive substance. Methadone users are often introduced to this medication as an alternative to heroin or other harmful drugs and they are expected to develop a dependency for this medication instead.
Once addicts are switched over to Methadone, healthcare professionals monitor their dosage and taper it down slowly until they lose their dependency altogether. Although this sounds like a simple process, some people may find it extremely difficult to get through each day with a reduced dosage.
When taking Methadone, it is important to follow these tips to limit the possibility of unpleasant side effects and dangerous situations.
– Do not take more than is prescribed. If you miss a dose, do not double up your next dose
– Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication
– Do not allow children to get a hold of the pills
– Store the medication at room temperature
– Dispose of unused pills properly
Methadone can be taken safely by pregnant and breastfeeding women. Withdrawal during pregnancy can cause premature birth, which is why continuing Methadone is used to help women manage their addiction without experiencing health risks.
Methadone is an effective medication when it is taken properly. This medication should be provided by a trained professional. At Asana Recovery, we offer medication-assisted treatment options for some patients who are suffering from heroin or opiate addiction. Our trained staff is professional, courteous, and dedicated to helping individuals suffering overcome addiction. Call us today at (949) 416-3341 to see how we can help.