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Methadone

 

Methadone, also known as Dolophine among other brand names, is a synthetic opioid. Mainly used for the treatment of severe chronic pain medication, due to its long duration of action and strong analgesic effect. I some cases also use as a maintenance drug for those affected with opioid dependence  Though it is considered to be useful as a maintenance program for addicts, it is not curative and has a high potential for misuse and abuse. Developed in Germany in 1937 by Gustav Ehrhart and Max Bockmühl, the synthetic opioid is also used as an analgesic for pain and an anti-tussive for persistent coughing. It was introduced in the U.S. in 1947. Maintenance therapy came about in response to the drastic increase in heroin abuse following World War II.

Like morphine and heroin, this drug works on the opioid receptors in the brain and produces many of the same effects; is long lasting and helps prevent and stop withdrawal symptoms; it also helps block the euphoric rush from other narcotics such as fentanyl, heroin, and OxyContin. It is available in pill and liquid form as well as sublingual tablets that dissolve under the tongue. The tablets, marketed as Dolophine, are available in 5mg and 10 mg doses, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Warnings

Though many in the drug treatment industry feel this drug is the answer in treating addiction to heroin and other opiates, it has been controversial and politically polarizing. In 2006, the FDA issued a public health alert about the dangers of this drug. It urged users to follow doctors’ advice and not take more than prescribed. And it called on doctors to be cautious when dolling out prescriptions. Some argue that Methadone clinics, where addicts go for treatment, just prolong the addiction. Others say they give addicts a chance to become productive members of society again. And some in the law enforcement community look at clinics from the perspective of the often-tragic overdoses by patients. Others argue it helps control the spread of infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis, spread through intravenous use.

 

Methadone Withdrawal

Tolerance and dependence to this drug can take hold quickly. While it may be ideal for maintenance, it is not the perfect treatment for users looking to become completely opiate free. Methadone withdrawal symptoms are considered more severe than other opiates like morphine or heroin, and it could last much longer sometimes even 4 to 16 weeks.

 

Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms can Cause the Following:

Sneezing, vomiting, delusions, paranoia, elevated blood pressure, suicidal idealization, nausea, diarrhea, fever, chills, aches and pain, tremors, depression, prolonged insomnia, delirium, hallucinations, agitation, and anxiety.

Very few can complete a methadone withdrawal on their own, or even through a clinic program.

 

A List of Possible Methadone Side Effects:

You should consult a specialist and maybe choose another drug if you have severe asthma, lung issues, chronic constipation or a bowel obstruction ( paralytic ileus ).

This drug can affect your pulmonary function by slowing or even stopping your breathing, especially when you start using it or whenever your dose is increased. Never use this medicine in more significant amounts than prescribed by your physician. This medication is habit-forming, even at regular doses.

Other side effects to watch for are :

  • Constipation
  • Tolerance, dependence, withdrawal
  • Meiotic pupils
  • Nausea
  • Hypertension
  • Hallucinations
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Anorexia
  • Weight gain
  • Stomach pain
  • Sweating, itching, swelling
  • Mood changes
  • Blurred vision
  • Insomnia
  • Impotence
  • Rash
  • Seizure
  • Death

 

High Dose Methadone Detox

Most people on Methadone are told they will always be on the drug; they have lost hope of ever being free of this drug in their lifetime. That is an unfair, unnecessary and unfortunate position to be in. In the last 20 years, we have successfully treated hundreds of patients in very high doses on Methadone.

Our medical detoxification is performed in a full service accredited hospital in So. California.  Patients from all over the world, are admitted to their private rooms where a thorough pre-examination, assessment, and individualized detox plan is design to meet each individual’s specific needs.

 

Detoxing from opiates can be very painful.  Anesthesia Assisted Medically Supervised process, can safely and more comfortably help you through your Methadone detox program.

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