Methadone, a medication used in medication assisted treatment (MAT), is used to treat heroin addiction. Methadone has been used to treat addiction to heroin and other narcotic pain medication for decades. Methadone is safe and effective when used as directed. It can help people recover from addiction and lead meaningful, active lives. To achieve the best results, patients must also be part of a comprehensive medication assisted treatment (MAT), which includes counseling and social support.
Methadone alters how the nervous system and brain respond to pain. It decreases withdrawal pain and blocks the euphoric effects opiate drugs like heroin, codeine and morphine as well as semi-synthetic opioids such as oxycodone or hydrocodone.
Methadone comes in three forms: liquid, tablet, and wafer. Methadone should be taken one time per day. Methadone pain relief lasts approximately four to eight hour. SAMHSA’s tip 43: Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Addiction (Opioid Treatment Programmes) – 2012 shows that methadone works in higher doses for heroin users, which helps them stay longer in treatment programs.
Methadone should be prescribed along with other drugs used in medication assisted treatment (MAT), and it must be part of a comprehensive plan that includes counseling as well as participation in social support programs.
Methadone must be prescribed for opioid addiction to those who are taking it. The medication must be given by a doctor at a Methadone Center. After a period that has been established based upon progress and consistent, proven compliance with medication dosages, patients may be allowed access to methadone at home. Only an opioid program (OTP), certified SAMHSA can dispense methadone.
Methadone treatment can take anywhere from one to twelve months. The National Institute on Drug Abuse published Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment. A Research-Based Guide, 2012. It states that the minimum length of methadone therapy should be 12 months. Some patients may need treatment over a period of years. Methadone must be discontinued gradually, even if the patient is ready to quit. This decision should be monitored by a doctor.
Methadone is addictive and must be taken exactly as prescribed. This is especially important for patients who can use methadone at-home and don’t have to be under the supervision of an OTP. Methadone medication can only be prescribed to the patient and doses may need to be adjusted or readjusted. For safe use of Methadone medication, patients must share all information with their doctors.
Other medications can interact with methadone, causing heart conditions. Methadone’s active ingredients can still be found in the body even after it has worn off. Unintentional overdose may occur if you take more methadone.
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Side effects must be considered seriously as they could indicate an emergency. Methadone patients should discontinue taking the drug and immediately contact an emergency department if they experience any of these side effects.
Methadone can be safely taken by women who are breastfeeding or pregnant. A woman who has suffered withdrawal from an addictive drug during pregnancy can experience a contraction of her uterus, which may lead to miscarriage and premature birth. Methadone is able to prevent withdrawal symptoms in pregnant women, helping them to manage their addiction and avoiding any health risks for baby and mother.
Although methadone maintenance therapy is safe for pregnant women, withdrawal may occur after delivery. The baby does not have to be addicted. Infant withdrawal typically begins within days of birth. However, it can take as long as two to four weeks.
Breastfeeding can be possible even for mothers taking methadone. Research has shown that breastfeeding has many benefits that outweigh the effects of methadone in breast milk. If a woman is considering quitting methadone treatment for breastfeeding reasons or concerns, she should consult her doctor.
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