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What Is Methadone?

If you’ve been prescribed methadone, you would want to know how safe it is.

Methadone is an opioid drug; it is also called an opiate. What the methadone does to your body is weaken the withdrawal symptoms if you are dependent on heroin or other opiate drugs. Methadone use, however, does not bring the “high” upshot in drug users.

Methadone, as a pain reliever, has been acknowledged as part of drug addiction detoxifying and support programs. With this, it is only available for purchase at certified pharmacies.

Is Methadone safe to use?

Like all other drugs, IMPROPER USE OF NARCOTIC DRUGS CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH especially in children and persons using the medicine without doctor’s prescription.

Methadone can affect your breathing by affecting its rhythm it at first. This usually happens when you start taking the drug or when the dosage is changed during treatment.

Remember, methadone should never be used in higher dosages or in longer duration than what the doctor has prescribed. Take the right dosage at the right time to avoid possible overdose. Also, do not share methadone with someone else and remember to keep this drug in a safe place that others can’t reach.

Moreover, methadone can affect any existing cardio-vascular illness. Immediately call a heart specialist or cardiologist when you experience headache combined with chest pain, extreme dizziness and fast heartbeat. Most importantly, only buy Methadone at certified pharmacies to avoid any of these untoward effects.

Who should avoid methadone?

Methadone can result to heart rhythm disorders. For this, your heart’s function must be checked during treatment. Methadone should be avoided if you have:

  • Allergy to methadone
  • Breathing problems
  • Severe asthma
  • Bowel obstruction disorder
  • Paralytic ileus

Using methadone can interfere with some medications. The drug to drug interaction could develop into a severe condition called serotonin syndrome. To avoid this, your doctor should be informed that you are taking Methadone for depression, emotional instability, Parkinson’s disease, headache, or aversion of sickness and vomiting. Always consult your doctor before implementing any changes in the dosages.

In order to ensure that Methadone is safe for you, inform your doctor if you have these health problems:

  • Heart disease, a heart rhythm disorder
  • Electrolyte imbalance such as low magnesium in blood or low potassium;
  • A history of long QT syndrome;
  • Lung diseases;
  • Breathing issues
  • A history of brain tumor, head injury, or seizure;
  • A history of drug abuse, mental illness or alcohol addiction
  • Liver or kidney disease;
  • Urination problems;
  • Problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid;
  • Use of sedatives like Valium (alprazolam, Xanax, diazepam, lorazepam, Klonopin, Ativan, Restoril, Versed, Tranxene, and others).

Methadone Precautions

Research has not identified yet the harm that methadone can do to unborn babies. However, if you use this drug during pregnancy, there is a high degree of possibility that your baby can be dependent on it. This can even result to withdrawal symptoms that can be life threatening to the newborn.

Babies who are born to addiction may have to undergo restorative treatment for at least 6 months. Therefore, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant during Methadone treatment.

Methadone can also be passed through breast milk. When a breastfeeding infant receives even minute amounts of it, he or she may develop breathing problems, addiction or withdrawal symptoms. Be sure to also tell your doctor if you are a breastfeeding mom.



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