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If you take methadone in an amount that is more how much is prescribed, then you are at risk of being overdosed. Also, since methadone does not produce the euphoric feeling at all, taking methadone more frequently and in higher doses is one of the most popular reasons for cases of overdose.

  • The half-life elimination of methadone is longer than the duration of its effect to the user.
  • Poisoning can be the result of taking more dosage of methadone faster than what the body can only metabolize.
  • Those having lower tolerance or no tolerance from opioid may lead to cases of death, especially when they take it with other depressants.

Methadone detoxification usually starts exposing its withdrawal symptoms around 24-36 hours after taking the drug.

A supervision of a physician is recommended during the detoxification process. The progress is unique to each of the person going through the process; however, the entire detoxification program lasts around 2 weeks to 6 months.   Within the first 30 hours of detoxification, an addicted person may encounter symptoms like anxiety, tiredness, restlessness, sweating, trouble sleeping, yawning, watery eyes, and runny nose.

A person may also encounter flu-like symptoms during the withdrawal phase. Unlike the real flu, the symptoms could reach the most severe form even a day after. Moreover, there is an increase in the number of symptoms,  especially in the first three days of stopping methadone use. Symptoms as muscle pains, severe nausea, goosebumps, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, drug cravings, and depression.

During the first week of detoxification, the person on therapy may encounter all of the dreaded complications.  

Some of the symptoms can last longer than a week; r from low energy to depression. According to those who have successfully surpassed the lethal detoxification process, too much discomfort was the most notable of them all. As a result, the user may once again be tempted to return to its habits in the hope of eliminating the intensified cravings.

Do not do cold turkey.

At all times, seek assistance from a medical professional and let the doctor know about the troubles issues so he or she can help in combating all of the withdrawal symptoms. Engaging oneself in support groups may also help because these people understand accurately what you are going through.

The doctor may also provide assistance in easing withdrawal symptoms through prescribing counter-acting medications. Clonidine, naloxone, and Buprenorphine is those that are usually offered to shorten the withdrawal process and ease lethal symptoms.

Improper detox process may only lead to relapse or overdose.

Methadone therapy can only be availed by those professionals under government-approved treatment programs. The medical professionals monitor the entire program, especially how your body responds. All of the efforts to make sure that safety and efficiency are primarily delivered more than anything else. The doctor will determine the duration of a therapy until the body no longer seeks methadone.

It is very beneficial to join group support sessions as it can be a long-term recovery tool. Seeking out help from people who have recovered from methadone addiction can be motivating because they understand the journey.

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