Methadone, also known as Symoron, Dolophine, Amidone, Methadose, Hoptadon and many other names, is an opioid medication. It is mainly used as an analgesic and for recovery from other opioid drugs such as morphine or other prescription painkillers. It is one of the few drugs approved for use in the treatment of opioid addiction. The anti-addictive nature of methadone is helped by the fact that it has a long duration of action and it continues to help the addict, even if used over a long period of time, without causing any major side effects of dependency. In some cases, methadone may be abused if used without prescription in excessive doses or when mixed with other opioids, benzodiazepines or alcohol.
The physical signs and symptoms of methadone abuse include nausea, sweating, dilated pupils, constipation, muscle pain, slowed breathing and anxiety. Individuals suffering from methadone addiction show telltale signs which can be easy to detect. Trying to obtain multiple prescriptions from different doctors to stockpile them for high-dose use later, asking friends or relatives to obtain the drug from additional sources, turning to other easily accessible opioids such as heroin or morphine to revisit the â€œhighâ€ that methadone has to offer, neglecting family or work, and showing a lack of interest in day to day activities are some common signs of methadone addiction.
Methadone street names or slang include the following terms:
The long-term physical and psychological effects of methadone addiction are considerable and can include impaired judgment, breathing problems, sexual dysfunction, coma and even death if mixed with other substances such as alcohol or benzodiazepines. IntoTreatment has the recourses you need to begin your road to recovery. If you or a loved one are challenged with an addiction, contact us today.