Methadone Detox Info

Methadone is commonly used for detox of opioid addiction. Methadone is typically prescribed to treat heroin addiction as it can help relieve painful withdrawal symptoms. Other than being used as a detox method, Methadone can also be described as a pain reliever.

Methadone works to decrease the pain sensations in the brain and dull the emotional response to pain. Opioid addicts will take a regular amount of Methadone to cope with the cravings that occur when coming off of different opioids. Methadone can be injected or taken orally.

Methadone Side Effects

When going through Methadone detox, it normally starts with lower dosages and increases as necessary, but is monitored by a healthcare professional. When taking Methadone as a detox treatment it is possible to experience side effects. Side effects for methadone include the following symptoms:

  • Skin irritation/itching
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Nausea

An enhanced awareness of the changes within the body with the introduction of Methadone to the body is suggested. After detox, patients are encouraged to slowly decrease the amount of Methadone taken to avoid Methadone withdrawals.

Effects of Methadone Addiction

Methadone, although used as a potential relief to addiction of drugs, can also be addictive if taken for an extended period of time. While a patient is trying to break free from addiction from an opioid, there is a common occurrence of the addiction being replaced with Methadone. Within a few weeks of treatment with methadone a tolerance can be steadily built and withdrawal symptoms from methadone may be felt. Withdrawal from Methadone can be very painful. Withdrawal may bring symptoms such as the following:

  • Bone pain
  • Delusions
  • Insomnia
  • Back ache
  • Muscle spasm
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Mood Swings

Need Help Finding Treatment for Methadone Abuse?

If you or someone you know would like more information on Methadone as a detox treatment to an opioid addiction, or if you are addicted to Methadone and you want to understand more about treatment, please contact our 24-hour, toll-free helpline in order to move towards a healthier, drug-free lifestyle.