Frequently Asked Questions About Methadone
What is it?
Methadone is a synthetic opioid historically prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It is more commonly used to treat opiate addictions, especially addiction to heroin.
Methadone acts on the same opioid receptors as morphine and heroin to stabilize patients and minimize withdrawal symptoms in the case of an addiction.
Methadone is a federally designated Schedule II drug, meaning it has a legitimate legal use but also a high likelihood of its users developing a dependence. Other Schedule II drugs include hydrocodone and morphine.
It is typically known under its medical name, Methadone.
With short-term use, effects can include:
Long term use might lead to dependence, lung and breathing problems. Methadone has a high risk for abuse, improper use can lead to overdose and death.
Most addicts require rehabilitation, and in some cases aftercare when they finish rehab. Treatment can consist of going to a hospital or rehab center for therapy and other treatments while living at home and resuming normal daily activities. Outpatient treatment can help you readjust to daily life and support you in your life goals, including staying sober.
If you or someone you know may be experiencing addiction or dependency please contact a medical professional
All drugs including methadone will affect each person differently depending on the persons characteristics (such as physical size, gender, mood, diet, fitness, age, expectations and health), the drug itself (such as the amount used and its purity), and how it is taken and the environment a person is in when using the drug