What Is Methadone

Methadone is a drug that is used to treat or replace the heroin addiction in people. It is a pain reliever similar to morphine. If you will take methadone instead of the street drug Heroin then you will have less severe effects than consuming heroin. You will be able to get away from the street drug heroin. Methadone is available in liquid and tablets form. Liquid should first be dissolved in some kind of liquid like water or some fruit juice and only then it should be consumed. Tablets can be consumed with water as such. It can also be injected into the body.

Methadone should not be taken in large quantity as it can be dangerous for the health. It can have many side effects if not consumed in adequate quantity. If you are on methadone, then you should never stop taking it suddenly. It can have adverse effects on your health like yawning, stomach cramps, runny nose and joint problems etc. Its withdrawal can have long term effects. If you start feeling weakness, restlessness, breathing problems then you should immediately consult a doctor as it can be life threatening too. You should never use methadone more than your doctor has prescribed. You should carefully follow all the instructions of your doctor before using methadone.

Even if you are using other narcotic medicines, still it can have ill effect on you. You should keep it where no one else can find it. It should not be shared with others and it should be kept out of the reach of the children. If you have any kind of allergy, then you should let your doctor know about it. If you know that you have allergy to some other narcotic medicine, then also you should tell it to your doctor. If you have asthma, then methadone can cause serious complication for you. Don’t make use of methadone if you have asthma. You should always let your doctor know about the below mentioned conditions:

  • Liver or kidney problems
  • Bowel problems
  • Family history of “Long QT Syndrome”
  • Low blood pressure
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Mental illness
  • History of drug addiction
  • Breathing problems
  • Urination problems etc.

If you have any above mentioned problem and you will be using methadone, then it can have ill-effects on your body and health. Methadone overdose can cause bluish skin and bluish fingernails. It can also cause drowsiness and coma. It can also cause respiratory problems.

Conclusion: Methadone can cause addiction so you should take it as per the doctor prescription. Methadone is very effective for those who want to get rid of the addiction of heroine. If it is not effective, then tell your doctor. It is a long process and will take time. But eventually you will be able to live a healthy and better life again.