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Using Methadone


Methadone is designed to be taken orally and comes in the form of tablets, dispersible tablets, oral solution (liquid), or as an injection (although this is rare). The tablets and liquid solution have been specifically designed not to be injected to deter heroin addicts who do inject. It contains additives which cause irritation and discomfort when injected. This irritation coupled with the large volumes and associated vein damage make methadone an unpopular choice for injectors.
A single dose of methadone begins to work after 30-60 minutes of being taken. The drug will reach its peak after 2-4 hours and has a lasting effect for 24 hours. Normally there are two types of methadone programs given to patients, depending on the level of their addiction to illegal drugs: a maintenance or long-term program for those with serious addictions can last for months or even years. The aim in this program will be to firstly reduce the patient’s dependence and cutting the threat of harm from their severe addictions, and secondly to improve their overall quality of life. A withdrawal or short-term program is diagnosed to those with milder addiction and can be classified as a detoxification. The program can last for a week or two, and aims to ease the difficulty of coming off drugs such as heroin.
Methadone has to be prescribed to you by a doctor and cannot be used by children, people with respiratory problems, those who are prone to asthma attacks, people with chronic obstructive airways disease, people with a head injury, people dependent on non-opioid drugs, and people who have taken monoamine-oxidase inhibitor antidepressant (MAOI) in the last 14 days. As certain medicines cannot be used during pregnancy it is recommended that pregnant women speak to their doctors about treatment. You must take methadone exactly as it was prescribed to you and you must follow the instructions given on the label.
Before using methadone it is strongly advised that you take extra caution and talk to your doctor if you have:
• a personal or family history of “Long QT syndrome”;
• asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, or other breathing disorders;
• liver or kidney disease;
• underactive thyroid;
• curvature of the spine;
• a history of head injury or brain tumor;
• epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
• low blood pressure;
• gallbladder disease;
• Addison’s disease or other adrenal gland disorders;
• enlarged prostate, urination problems;
• mental illness; or
• a history of drug or alcohol addiction.

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  • traci said:

    this is more of a question than a comment i need to know how long methadone stay`s in your system?

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