What is Methadone?

Methadone, an opiate analgesic, reduces withdrawal symptoms from heroin and other narcotics, but does not cause a euphoria, or “high”. Methadone is primarily used in maintenance and detoxification programs for people addicted to narcotics; sometimes, doctors prescribe it to alleviate severe pain. Take methadone exactly as prescribed.

Combining it with alcohol, tranquilizers, sedatives, or other narcotics can be life-threatening. Don’t stop taking methadone abruptly; like all narcotics, it is physically addictive. If you experience hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the lips or face, seek emergency treatment for an allergic reaction.

What Does Methadone Do?

Methadone modifies you and your body in three ways:

  1.  Once you are on your correct dose, methadone will stop cravings for other opiates.
  2. Methadone will block other opiates.
    Methadone fills your receptor sites so if another opiate is introduced to your body, the methadone will block it.
  3. Methadone allows you to work and function like a “normal” person.
    A person on a correct dose has absolutely no signs of being on methadone. When methadone patients take other medications, like benzodiazepines, it causes extreme sedation which in many circumstances is blamed on methadone.

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