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Sold under brand names such as Methadose, Dolophine, and others, methadone is a synthetic opioid used for chronic pain management and in opioid maintenance therapy (to treat heroin addiction, for example).

In opiate pain reliever-related overdose deaths, methadone accounts for one third. Due to the drugs increased use as a pain medication, the number of methadone related poisoning deaths increased significantly between 1999 and 2006 (from just under 800 to almost 5,500).

What is Methadone?

Methadone is rarely injected into a vein or muscle but rather, it is ordinarily taken by mouth.

Street names of methadone are as follows:

  • Fizzies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Amidone

Methadone is a highly regulated drug and has been used as a way to reduce cravings and curb addiction. In cases such as these, for individuals to be administered their dose, they must go to a clinic every day. This is the only way, in an outpatient setting, that they can receive their prescribed methadone. The addictive qualities make it a dangerous opiate with powerful characteristics.


What are the Side Effects of Methadone Addiction?

Even when taking methadone under prescribed conditions, the following side effects may still be experienced:

  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Sleeplessness
  • Dizziness

More serious side effects, or side effects resulting from prolonged use, can include abnormal heart rate, respiratory depression, and opioid abuse.

An addiction to methadone, or signs of abuse, can present itself in the following manners:

  • Impaired coordination or balance
  • Forgetfulness
  • Confusion or impaired cognition
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Drowsiness or sleepiness
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Constipation
  • Of course, overdose is always a possibility

Understanding Methadone Overdose

Because it is so powerful, you can overdose on methadone if you stray outside the prescribed usage instructions. Should you or someone you know overdose on methadone, one or more of the following symptoms could be expected:

  • Respiratory depression which can be fatal in extreme cases
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Hypertension
  • Dizziness
  • Fingertip and nail discoloration
  • Constricted pupils

How to Treat Methadone Addiction

Even after quitting, methadone will stay inside your body for up to three days. Similar to opiate withdrawal symptoms, but thought to be on a lesser level, they can include the following:

  • Tachycardia
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Irritability or anxiety
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle aches
  • Shaking or tremors
  • Sweating
  • Chills or fever
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes

Going through withdrawal is no picnic, clearly. So, having a clinic and licensed medical professionals on and at your side, to assist you with all the ups and downs, is imperative. You don’t have to go through something like that alone – nor should you.

Why Work with Spark To Recovery?

The professionals at Spark To Recovery understand that it’s a complicated process when it comes to treating methadone addiction. To address the underlying psychological ailments and the physical dependence, it takes ongoing, in-depth treatment. Those attempting to break the habit without using comprehensive treatment stand less of a chance than those who go through aftercare support, relapse prevention techniques, counseling, behavioral therapies, and more. Increase your chances of beating your addiction with the therapeutic techniques and residential rehab programs offered by our caring staff.

Start your methadone addiction therapy today. Call Spark To Recovery at 818-849-5467 today if you want to schedule an appointment with us.

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