According to the Mayo Clinic, methadone treats moderate to severe pain when relief is needed for a chronic condition. Methadone is an opioid analgesic, meaning it is a narcotic painkiller people should not use as a short-term or “as needed” medication. Under medical supervision, methadone is also used to combat addiction to powerful opioids like heroin or other drugs. Methadone is a powerful tool in the hands of medical professionals, but it is dangerous when untrained users abuse the drug.
People usually associate drug abuse with younger people, but many older people also abuse drugs. For instance, recovering opiate addicts may take methadone at a rehab clinic, but they may become addicted to this drug and continue abusing it even after they leave treatment. However, regardless of how you got addicted to this strong opiate, seek professional help to quit and overcome your cravings.
Methadone Side Effects
The Mayo Clinic lists several side effects of methadone abuse, like the following examples:
- Blood in the urine or stools
- Blurred vision
- Chest discomfort or pain
- Difficult or troubled breathing
- Dizziness, faintness or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- Extreme fatigue
- Muscle pain or cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
- Trouble sleeping
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
It is very important that you keep your doctor informed of your progress while you take this medicine. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue taking it.
Methadone Use Problems among 25-40 Year-Olds
According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 30% of prescription painkiller deaths involve methadone, even though only 2% of painkiller prescriptions are for this drug. In addition, six times as many people died of methadone overdose in 2009 than a decade before.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, emergency room visits made by patients aged 25 to 54 accounted for most (70 percent) of the methadone-related ED visits involved nonmedical use. More specifically, 28 percent were made by patients aged 25 to 34.
Help for Methadone Abuse Problems
Methadone is a powerful drug that can cause serious side effects. If you are addicted to methadone, you need professional help. Please call our toll-free helpline today; we are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have about methadone addiction treatment.