Methadone is given to people under treatment for addiction to heroin or other opiates. Its prescription has become controversial as there is an argument that taking methadone is trading the first addiction with another. The drug may be injected but is mostly taken orally. One methadone addiction sign that is easy to notice is when a person continues to take the drug for a long time after recovering from addiction to another drug.

There are people who continue taking methadone for years. Methadone addiction is characterized by physical addiction to this synthetic opiate. It has similar characteristics to other drugs that are in the category of the drugs that are used for replacing other drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin. The people who depend on methadone cannot function without taking it.

Methadone Addiction Symptoms

Methadone Dosage

Failure to stick to the proper prescription is one of the methadone addiction symptoms. Most addict’s that are addicted to methadone are more than likely to take a higher dosage in order to cater to the craving their body is having for the drug. This symptom shows the patient has developed tolerance. Those who have developed a tolerance feel that the normal dose is not providing them with the feeling that they are looking for.

Addict’s who take methadone on prescription are more likely to refill their prescription before the due date. Methadone dependents create imaginary emergencies that make doctors prescribe more drugs to them. Other symptoms include:

  1. Weak pulse and low blood pressure
  2. Dilated pupils
  3. Respiratory problems, including difficulty in breathing, shallow, or labored breathing
  4. Gastrointestinal problems which are characterized by constipation and spasms on the intestinal tract or stomach

Addict’s will also have difficulties concentrating on simple chores, because methadone affects the functioning of the brain. The mind of the addict also tends to be preoccupied with obtaining more drugs and the concentration to do other essential things is neglected.

Methadone addiction symptoms are also characterized by the existence of withdrawal symptoms by those who are addicted to the drug. Withdrawal symptoms are an indicator of addiction after failing to take methadone.

Methadone withdrawal has effects that are milder compared to those of other drugs. However, they last for longer periods of time. The methadone withdrawal symptoms that signify that there is an addiction are:

  • Fever
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Delirium
  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Suicidal ideas
  • Lightheadedness
  • High blood pressure

Methadone addicts usually take an overdose, as their bodies have developed tolerance. The addicts who take an overdose have the following symptoms:

  • Coma
  • Drowsiness
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Bluish skin color on the nose, ears and throat

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