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Methadone Detox | What To Think About

Available in 5 mg, 10 mg, and 40 mg tablets and as an oral solution, Methadone is commonly used to treat addiction to opiates (such as heroin). During a Methadone Detox a patient takes the medication once a day, so that it eases opiate withdrawal for 24 to 36 hours, decreasing the chance of a drug relapse. Dosages should be adjusted with caution because Methadone is a long-acting medicine. The medication stays in the body for a long time, and it might take a few days after a methadone detox before the does is fully effective.

Side Effects and Things to Think About

In some people methadone impairs balance, coordination, or the ability to think. Do not drive or operate any type of equipment if you are taking methadone. Do not drink alcohol or use other drugs while you are taking methadone. Methadone can interact with many other medicines. Make sure that your doctor is aware of all of the medicines that you are taking. Methadone should be used during pregnancy only if the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the fetus. Talk with your doctor before using methadone if you are or may be pregnant. This medicine can pass through your body in breast milk and should be avoided while you are breast-feeding.

Methadone causes many side effects, including:

  • Drowsiness.
  • Lightheadedness.
  • Weakness and fatigue.
  • Feelings of elation (euphoria).
  • Dry mouth.
  • Difficulty urinating.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Constipation, which may be severe.

A great alternative to a Methadone Detox is a Suboxone Detox, so be sure to ask Pat Moore Foundation when you call. We offer medically assisted detox right here on our campus.