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Methadone Abuse and What it Means

Methadone Abuse and What it Means

Millions of individuals here in the United States suffer from chronic pain. Whether it is chronic migraines, chronic pain from an autoimmune disease, or chronic pain from an injury, many individuals seek medical solace for relief. Methadone is a prescribed synthetic opiate that is used to alleviate symptoms of severe pain. In recent years methadone has become a commonly prescribed treatment for narcotic addiction. The effects from methadone are longer-lasting and individuals can feel the effects for up to 24 hours. It is commonly used during heroin detox and in maintenance treatment programs. 
However, recent reports claim that methadone abuse for pain relief can increase the patient’s risk of death.
According to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, methadone for pain relief has a 46% risk of death, when compared to alternative treatment morphine.
Researchers looked at Tennessee Medicaid records from 1997 to 2009. They looked at 6,014 individuals who used methadone, and 32,742 individuals who used morphine for pain relief. More than 75% of these individuals were prescribed these medications to ease symptoms of back pain. 
Results found that there were 477 deaths from individuals using methadone to treat symptoms of pain.
As with any opiate, whether organic or synthetic, there is still a high probability of an individual becoming addicted to it. 
Methadone comes in either a liquid form or in small pill form. Unlike opiates such as heroin, methadone does not produce a euphoric rush. They will still feel “high,” but it will not be that rush. Just like any other opiate, the body can become tolerant to the dose rather quickly. When the body becomes tolerant of the original dosage, the individual will be forced to increase their dosage in order to achieve the desired effect. This is what is considered methadone abuse.

Side effects of methadone abuse

In order to detect methadone abuse, it is important to be able to identify the side effects.

Some of the side effects of methadone abuse include the following:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Headache
  • Itchiness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Weight gain
  • Mood changes
  • Skin rashes

As stated above, methadone is a long-lasting medication used in cases of severe pain. If an individual takes their dosages too close together, either intentionally or unintentionally, the risk of overdose is very high. Thousands of individuals are said to die per year from accidental overdoses.
If you may have developed a dependency to methadone, it is very important that you seek help from an addiction center. At addiction centers, individuals can receive answers to questions about detox, rehab stay, and outpatient services. It is very important that an individual receives detox treatment at an addiction center. Withdrawal symptoms can become life-threatening if the individual tries to withdraw from methadone “cold turkey.” By withdrawing from methadone abuse at a reputable detox clinic, individuals can withdraw safely and successfully.
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