Addiction A-Z

Methadose

Methadose is the brand name for methadone, a narcotic pain reliever often used to reduce the withdrawal symptoms in people who are addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs. Similar to morphine, Methadose relieves the pain associated with drug addiction detoxification and maintenance, without causing the “high” generally associated with drug use and addiction.

While Methadose is administered in the treatment of those with an addiction to other drugs, it is still a narcotic and therefore can cause dependence and addiction in users who are not closely monitored. In fact, Methadose is a potent Schedule II opioid agonist, among the drugs which have the highest potential for abuse and risk of fatal overdose due to respiratory depression.

The risk of abuse of Methadose increases with the abuse of alcohol and other substances. In addition, the abuse of this particular drug is often associated with transmission of infectious diseases, such as hepatitis and HIV. As Methadose is often diverted for non-medical use, it is recommended that careful records are kept in the ordering and dispensing of the drug.

Methadose produces opioid effects and a high degree of opioid tolerance which inhibits drug-seeking behavior, which is one of the biggest draws for those seeking to eliminate an addiction. The drug also blocks the euphoria produced by the usual doses of heroin, while it stops the pain associated with detoxification.

Physical dependence is manifested by withdrawal symptoms when an antagonist is abruptly discontinued. In fact, physical dependence is expected during opioid agonist therapy of opioid addiction. Individuals who are being treated with Methadose are likely suffering from withdrawal symptoms associated with their addiction. If the dose of the medication is too low, they can experience nasal congestion, abdominal symptoms, diarrhea, muscle aches and anxiety.

Other withdrawal symptoms patients could be dealing with in association of the withdrawal from Methadose include, but are not limited to:

  • Restlessness
  • Perspiration
  • Chills
  • Myalgia
  • Mydriasis
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Backache
  • Joint pain
  • Weakness
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anorexia
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased blood pressure, respiratory rate or heart rate

A Methadose addiction should be rare as individuals should only be receiving the medication under the care of a board-certified physician and board-certified addiction psychiatrist. Unfortunately, it is often diverted for recreational use and therefore, can be easily abused. As the drug can be obtained through illicit means, it is important for those users to remove the drug from their system slowly and within a treatment environment.

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