It is an analgesic. It is more popularly used as a medication to combat heroin withdrawals.
Methadone is habit-forming, even though it is usually used to minimize the desire to use opiates.
Being designated as a schedule II drug the use of Methadone has been legalized but there is as well a high likelihood of users of the drug developing a dependence on the medication. It is in the same class as morphine and hydrocodone.
In order to reduce the unpleasant side effects of quitting opiates and prevent a relapse, Methadone attaches itself to the same receptors that morphine and heroin attach themselves to.
Methadone is not regulated as heavily as some other varieties because it is being utilized as a method to curb addiction and to reduce cravings. This is rightly due to its addictive potential that can be easily abused by patients. Methadone does not produce a state of elation similar to heroin or morphine and the drug is intended to do the inverse; the medication is planned to obstruct the sensations of happiness produced by different sedatives. Addicts that are looking to get high still use Methadone in spite of this fact.
It is widely regarded as misuse when Methadone is taken without a written authorization from a medical practitioner or the patient takes more than what has been authorized.
When an addict uses it to curb a drug habit they are at great risk of just switching from their initial addiction to Methadone addiction.
Dependency On Methadone
Dependence on Methadone is an untouchable subject as individuals in the medicinal group consider it to be a fundamental necessity in helping heroin addicts recuperate. This is just an expected side-effect as any opium-based medical prescription.
The patient develops the addiction since this drug take the pain away. Over a time people develop a resistance to the drug, a greater amount of the medication is required for a similar impact.
Mixing Other Substances With Methadone
Being a depressant, it doesn't go well with other depressants. It is a notable fact that alcoholism and Methadone use go together. The combination of these two substances pose a fatal effect to the person as it lowers blood pressure and causes hypoventilation (respiratory depression).
Methadone is best and most safely used alone. If you or someone you know is addicted to Methadone and any other substance you should be looking forward to getting help right away.
Poison deaths due to Methadone are alarmingly increasing and the statistics show an increase from 790 to 5,420 between 1999 and 2006 (thought to be connected to the medication's high dose usage as a pain management drug).
More than seven hundred thousand prescriptions of Methadone for pain relief were written in 2008.
In 2000 and 2001, individuals treated for abuse of "different sedatives" (concluding Methadone) has gone up from 28,235 to 36,265.
A third of the fatal overdoses connected to opiates used as pain killers involve Methadone.
Overcoming A Methadone Addiction
Methadone is no different than any other opiate, and it can be rather challenging to quit. Despite its being less potent compared to heroin and morphine, it still poses hard to beat withdrawal symptoms once hooked to it. We will help you beat your Methadone dependency when you contact us today on 0800 772 3971.