A medical study on Methadone addiction side-effects reveals that those who are addicted to the drug are likely to suffer abrupt cardiac arrest. Before 2001, Federal law barred methadone clinics from prescribing any dose higher than 100mg per day. However, business people who own clinics and methadone doctors successfully lobbied for the law to be changed.

This allowed methadone clinics to use judgment about the dose to prescribe and pushed the doses higher. These days, patients who are addicted to methadone receive very high doses each day from the clinics. This exposes them to the side-effects caused by dependency. More than a third of the patients who are addicted to methadone and take high doses get QT prolongation. This is a side-effect that often causes cardiac arrhythmia.

Methadone Addiction Side Effects

Methadone Deaths

There are some patients who die suddenly after consuming methadone and it is assumed that it is the fault of the patient, which led to taking an overdose. This seems likely, as the people taking the drugs are addicts. This is a likely case of cardiac toxicity that is caused by consuming high methadone doses from maintenance clinics. There is an increase in methadone prescription and this is why many doctors now prefer OxyContin.

Methadone decreases cerebral blood flow and electricity. A brain scan on patients who are addicted to methadone shows that the brains of the patients have areas that are higher than average electrical activity by 45 percent. When the electricity in the brain is decreased by methadone, the overall function of the brain is also decreased. The decrease in the brain function is gradual and takes place over a period of time. The addicts never realize that they are losing the competitive edge of I.Q and analytical thinking.

Methadone Use and Pituitary Suppression

The pituitary gland is the main endocrine gland of the brain. It has the responsibility to release hormones that turn other essential organs on. Some of the organs that turn on by pituitary gland are adrenal glands, thyroid, testicles, and ovaries. Methadone treatment, especially at over 80mg a day, can cause severe depression of the pituitary and hypothalamus. Doctors who studied Methadone addiction side-effects, including induced suppression of pituitary, have proven that it also causes other side-effects such as:

  1. Hypothyroidism – This is more common among females than men. Hypothyroidism causes chronic fatigue, depression, memory loss, weight gain, dry skin, and cold intolerance. It also causes metabolic syndrome and triglycerides. Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
  2. Estrogen Deficiency – This is characterized by insomnia, decreased tolerance to pain, depression, pain in the bladder, and hot flashes. Estrogen deficiency makes blood pressure and clotting increase.
  3. Testosterone Deficiency – Testosterone decreases: Bone density, Libido, Muscle mass, T-cell activity, Significant depression among men and even women and memory recall
  4. Progesterone Deficiency – Normally Progesterone undergoes chemical reactions to become a relaxing chemical in the brain. When it is decreased, it leads to insomnia, anxiety, frequent migraines, and heavy and painful menstrual bleeding.

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