Methadone side effects can vary from person to person. However, taking it inappropriately or recreationally can increase the chances of serious side effects, overdose or death. Methadone is a narcotic medication doctors prescribe to manage pain and lessen withdrawal symptoms of opiate addiction. Because it is an opiate, Methadone may also lead to dependence and addiction, resulting in the need for a second detox. Like other narcotics, Methadone can slow your breathing, a side effect that can be dangerous. Therefore, it’s imperative that users take Methadone exactly as prescribed.
Many Substances can Interact, Causing Dangerous Methadone Side Effects
Methadone can cause side effects that impair thinking and reactions. You should not use alcohol in conjunction with Methadone. In addition, patients should check all their food and drink labels to make sure alcohol is not an ingredient. Using alcohol and Methadone at the same time can cause serious side effects, including death. Furthermore, do not use methadone with other narcotic drugs. Many drugs, including opiates, can interact with other drugs, alcohol, herbal supplements and minerals. Therefore, it’s important to talk to a doctor about everything you take in order to avoid serious side effects. Lastly, dangerous side effects could develop if you take Methadone with sedatives, tranquilizers or muscle relaxers.
Allergic Reaction to Methadone and Other Serious Side Effects Can Be Deadly
An allergic reaction to Methadone can be deadly. Therefore, seek help right away if you develop hives or notice swelling of the lips, face, tongue or throat.
For example, other serious side effects include:
- shallow or slowed breathing
- chest pain
- dizziness or rapid heartbeat
In addition, less serious side effects have been documented and include:
- sleep disturbances or insomnia
- loss of appetite
- dry mouth
- decreased sex drive and impotence
Opiate-Free Methadone Treatment is Safe, Reliable and Humane
Methadone addiction can be managed with a proper medical detox. In particular, The Waismann Method of rapid detox offers safe, reliable and highly-successful opiate rapid detox. For nearly 20 years, we have treated thousands of people addicted to opiates including Methadone, morphine, heroin, OxyContin , Fentanyl, Suboxone and Codeine. Moreover, our renowned rapid detoxification procedure can get you opiate free in a matter of days. Safety and comfort are our top priorities and patients leave our program with their dignity intact. We don’t use opiate replacement therapy to treat an opiate addiction. The medical director uses IV medications to cleanse patients’ opiate receptors while they sleep lightly under sedation. As a result, the process eliminates the painful withdrawal, as symptoms are accelerated and take place while patients sleep. If you or someone you know has a Methadone addiction, specialized medical treatment is necessary to avoid serious side effects and painful withdrawal.
Above all, Waismann Method offers a number of highly successful inpatient Accelerated Methadone Detox programs to help Methadone users completely detoxify in 7 to 10 days, while assisted by a number of medical professionals.
For almost 20 years we have successfully treated thousands of patients, from all around the world in our exclusive Southern California location.
If you or a loved one needs help detoxing from Methadone, please contact us today at 310-205-0808.