Effects of Methadone Abuse

Methadone addiction effectsMethadone, when used properly, helps to ease the withdrawal symptoms of more serious narcotics such as heroin. However, the make-up of methadone has addictive properties, which means abuse of methadone can easily lead to an outright addiction. Drug abuse and addiction affects a person physically and psychologically, and he or she may also exhibit social and behavioral changes.

Side Effects of Methadone Use

A methadone user may experience a range of general to serious reactions. Some of the general reactions include:

  • Difficulty in breathing and possible hypoventilation
  • Skin turning cold or clammy
  • Feeling of confusion or faintness
  • Feeling restless or nervous
  • Difficulty in passing urine

The following are side effects that don’t need to be immediately addressed by a doctor unless they become painful or too troublesome to bear:

  • Blurred vision
  • Clumsiness in movements
  • Constipation
  • Feeling of dizziness or fainting spell
  • Extremely dry mouth
  • Flushing
  • Headaches

A natural result of using methadone is constipation, which is extremely uncomfortable and unhealthy for the body.

Long-Term Effects of Methadone Use

The symptoms of long-term methadone use include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Increased sweating
  • Itching
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Nausea
  • Skin rashes
  • Sore muscles and joints
  • Tooth decay
  • Vomiting
  • Sleep disturbances, such as difficulty falling asleep or insomnia
  • Depression—mood alterations or mood swings
  • Abnormal menses—menstrual cycle changes
  • Liver toxicity

Indications of Methadone Dependence

In addition to physical side effects of taking Methadone, many patients have reported other consequences and affects of abuse. Through habitual and progressive use, the toll on one’s physical, mental, and emotional health affect relationships of all magnitudes. Some indications of methadone dependence include:

  • Loss of enjoyment for simple things in life
  • Indifference toward family activities and loved ones
  • Decreased interest in sex and affection
  • Loss of professional drive and personal ambition
  • Ignorance of how instability affects others than self
  • Irritability, anger
  • Self-criticism, sadness, or emptiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of restful sleep
  • Impaired libido, impotence

Methadone Addiction Help

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to methadone, please know there is help available. Call the toll free number at 888-838-8386 to speak with someone about treatment options.