How To Get Off Methadone

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We offer confidential opioid withdrawal treatment services. Not only that but we specialize in the treatment of opioid dependence. Our detox team understands why people start taking methadone and they also understand the difficulties people face when they try to get off methadone. Fortunately for you, we’ve been helping people with this type of physical addiction for over 11 years. Detox from methadone does not have to be a messy affair. We can detox most people off methadone in under two weeks and we can do it effectively and comfortably.

 

What is Methadone?

Methadone is a synthetic opioid, which means that it’s 100% artificially made. Methadone has similar effects as morphine, but is much more toxic than morphine because it has an extended duration of action. Another problem with methadone is that it tends to build up in your body, and that may disrupt your breathing and heart rhythm.

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Methadone dependence

Methadone dependence is a medical condition characterized by susceptibility to withdrawal symptoms whenever a patient discontinues methadone.  Dependence to methadone is classified as a brain-related medical disorder in that it can be effectively treated with significant benefits for the patient and society.

 

Methadone withdrawal

methadone-withdrawlMethadone withdrawal differs from other opioids in that the onset is slower, the detox is prolonged, and the withdrawal symptoms are less intense. Methadone withdrawal symptoms typically manifest 3 or 4 days after discontinuation. Symptoms of methadone withdrawal include: anxiety, weakness, cold sweats, anorexia, diarrhea, body aches, insomnia and more.

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Getting off methadone for good

Our addiction treatment team developed a powerful Methadone withdrawal treatment program. It is a robust approach that enhances the recovery process. Our experience in handling withdrawal symptoms is unparalleled. We offer a very safe, extremely effective and exceptionally comfortable detox off Methadone program. It is one of the best in the entire country.

 

Treatment for methadone addiction

break-freeMethadone remains a problematic drug in that it contributes to a senseless number of opioid overdoses. We know that quitting methadone isn’t just a matter of physically detoxing. The addition of professional behavioral treatment helps men and women stay on track for the long haul. With a confidential phone call to us (1-800-871-2020), you can get the help you deserve.

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Indications for Methadone use

  1. For the treatment of moderate to severe pain not responsive to non-narcotic analgesics.
  2. For detoxification treatment of opioid addiction (heroin or pain pills).
  3. For maintenance treatment of opioid addiction, in conjunction with psychosocial treatment.

 

Methadone side effects

Understanding methadone pharmacology is necessary to use it safely and effectively. Unfortunately most patients are unfamiliar with how methadone works. For instance, methadone has a slow onset of peak blood levels of about four hours. It has a long elimination half-life of about 25 hours. It also has  and low therapeutic index (overlap of toxic and therapeutic blood levels).

Methadone has a complex range of effects that can vary widely among individuals. It’s typically used as a substitute treatment for opiate (mostly heroin) addiction.

Oral methadone is well absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, and is fat soluble. It undergoes extensive first-pass metabolism in the liver. It binds to albumin and other proteins in the lung, kidney, liver and spleen, and there is gradual equilibration between these tissues and blood over the first few days of dosing. Repeated dosing leads to accumulation.

The FDA has reviewed reports of death and life-threatening side effects such as slowed or stopped breathing, and dangerous changes in heartbeat in patients receiving methadone.

Additional Side Effects of Methadone:

Call your healthcare provider if you have any of the following symptoms and they’re severe.

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Sleepiness
  • Vomiting
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Abdominal pain

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Using Buprenorphine to get off Methadone

get-off-methadoneBuprenorphine therapy is one of the most promising treatments for methadone dependence and addiction. Whether you or someone you know is trying to get off methadone for the first time or ready to try it again – buprenorphine therapy can help. Buprenorphine acts on the same brain structures and processes as methadone, but with protective and normalizing effects. This enables buprenorphine to reverse the effects of methadone withdrawal but without intoxicating the patient.

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Warning: Methadone and grapefruit juice

Methadone clinics are warning their clients not to consume vitamin C or grapefruit juice while taking methadone. The risk being delayed onset of Methadone effects, which can result in a surging effect, which can lead to a possible Methadone overdose (poisoning).

The relationship between Methadone side effects and grapefruit juice is well documented. The same enzyme that breaks down grapefruit juice also breaks down methadone. As the liver devotes metabolic resources to grapefruit juice, blood methadone concentration increases, which can result in kidney failure and possible overdose.

 

 

Methadone history

Methadone addiction is a pernicious foe. Over the passed 5000 years opioids consistently claim the highest recidivism rate of any drug including alcohol.

Methadone (Dolophine) was originally created and manufactured by the Germans during WWII, to fill a gap of depleting morphine stocks. However, the war ended before methadone ever made it onto the battlefield.

Eli Lilly brought Methadone into the USA as part of its wartime booty. Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) and Methadone Detox have been controversial treatment modalities ever since their inception.

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