Methadose Dangers and How to Avoid Them
Methadone is the brand name for methadone. This popular opiate addiction medication saves thousands of people from withdrawal every year. Unfortunately, it also kills a number of those people every year. Methadone is a dangerous medication when you abuse it. It is important for you to know the Methadone dangers and how to avoid them.
What are the Dangers of Taking Methadone?
The dangers of methadone are similar to many of the dangers that most other opiates. According to the National Library of Medicine, some of these dangers are:
- Irregular heartbeat, fainting, and death because of a lowered QT interval
- Death due to overdose
- Mixing alcohol or other medications with Methadone
- Dangerous long term side effects
- Seek treatment for you Methadone abuse or addiction
Fortunately, you can avoid these dangers by taking a few simple steps. One thing you can do is seek treatment for your Methadone abuse, to do this now call 866-312-5827Who Answers?.
How to Avoid These Dangers
Many of the dangers of Methadone are avoidable with a bit of effort.
Stick to Your Prescribed Amount of Methadone
If you find yourself taking more than what you are prescribed or buying Methadone on the street, it is time to reconsider you choice of addiction treatments.
Never Drink or Use Other Drugs While Taking Methadone
Drinking and taking other drugs or medications while on Methadone can kill you. Conflicting medications, alcohol, or another opiate, can send you into:
- Respiratory failure
- Cardiac failure
There are many prescription, over the counter, and illegal drugs that cause problems when taken with Methadone. It is important to tell your doctor about anything that you are taking before continuing Methadone.
Wean Off the Methadone
To avoid the long term effects of Methadone, the best thing you can do is get off Methadone. One way to do that is by weaning off it or tapering. Tapering is the practice of gradually reducing your dose until you no longer go into withdrawal if you stop. Most people need help tapering off any opiate including Methadone.
Find Treatment if you are Abusing Methadone
Medication Assisted Treatment is one of the best treatments for Methadone addiction and abuse. The treatment is very similar to the treatment you should have received when you first started taking Methadone. The medications available to stop your Methadone withdrawal are:
- Buprenorphine – a very similar medication but with less abuse potential
- Suboxone – a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, this medication has almost no abuse potential because it does not cause the euphoria that high levels of Methadone does.
Medication assisted treatment also has a behavioral or counseling component. This component is essential to making a complete recovery whether you choose to stay on medication or wean off it.
How to Find Treatment that Works for You
Finding the right treatment to avoid the Methadone dangers is extremely important. To find the treatment that works for you, all you have to do is call 866-312-5827Who Answers?. We can help.