Aug - 26 - 2011

Methadone is prescribed to help control addiction to opiates and the opioid. The drug is also prescribed in the management of chronic pain. Methadone is one of the most powerful drugs and has strong addiction capabilities. Those who are addicted to methadone may become dizzy, drowsy, or lightheaded this is the reason why those taking the drug are advised against operating machinery.

Those who take the drug for long periods of time become tolerant to it and they start consuming higher doses. This increases their chances of an overdose, either deliberately or accidentally. Methadone addiction occurs as addicts who have developed a tolerance take higher dosages in order to achieve certain sensations. If an addict overdoes on Methadone they may experience the following side effects:

  • Coma
  • Weak pulse
  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Disorientation
  • Dilated pupils
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Low blood pressure
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Bluish fingernails, lips and skin

Methadone Addiction

The other symptoms of a methadone addiction and overdose are:

  • Tremors
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Bradycardia
  • Hypotension
  • Clammy skin

When there are signs of overdose, it is vital to seek medical assistance. The effects of the drug become more severe if methadone is combined with depressants or alcohol. Those who are reliant on methadone should get medical help (800-303-2482). Methadone increases the intensity of depressants used for treatments of the central nervous system. This includes sedatives, cold medicine, pain prescriptions, antihistamines, and tranquilizers.

Methadone also increases the effect of anesthetics, seizure medications, barbiturates, and muscle relaxants. Patients who are taking methadone as prescribed might be addicted, as their bodies can become tolerant and dependent to the drug. This makes them increase their dosage without the authority of a doctor. Patients who are dependent on the drug are more likely to continue taking it after they overcome what they were being treated for.

There are many users who would like to fight methadone addiction but are held back by withdrawal symptoms. These make addicts feel sick and have strong cravings for the drug. The symptoms of methadone withdrawal do not appear suddenly like those of other drugs. However, they appear and become more severe than those of other opiates. They last for a longer time and it may take months before the symptoms completely clear out.

This is why people who have been dependent on methadone for a long time find it harder to break their dependence more than those who are struggling with addiction to heroin. Many methadone addicts cannot withstand the withdrawal symptoms without some medical intervention. Methadone withdrawal is characterized by the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Weakness
  • Body aching
  • Convulsions
  • Muscle cramping
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Excessive sweating

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