What is Methadone?
Methadone is an opioid medication which can also be called a narcotic. Withdrawal symptoms in people who battling a heroine of other narcotic addiction, are reduced with methadone and doesn’t cause the “high” that the addiction to the drug itself will. In essence methadone is mainly used as part of detoxification from a drug addiction as well as maintenance programs, however this medication that is only available from certified pharmacies is also used as a pain reliever.
What To Take Into Consideration Prior To Using Methadone
Of course if you are allergic to methadone you should not consider it use, however you should also steer clear if it is you have a bowel obstruction known as paralytic ileus, if you have breathing issues or severe asthma. Your heart rhythm may need to be monitored during the course of treatment due to the fact that methadone may cause a heart rhythm disorder which is life-threatening.
There are medications that can interact with methadone causing a condition that is quite serious called serotonin syndrome. Make sure that your doctor is aware of any medications you may take for mental illness, de`pression, migraine headaches, to prevent nausea or vomiting, serious infections or Parkinson’s disease. Never make any changes in when or how your medications are taken without first consulting your primary care physician.
It is important to guarantee that this strong medication is safe for you so, inform your doctor is you have:
Any sort of electrolyte disbalance such as low levels of magnesium or potassium in the blood.
A history of seizures, head injury or brain tumor
Liver or kidney disease
Problems with your thyroid, pancreas or bladder
A family or personal history of long QT syndrome
A heart rhythm disorder or heart disease
Any sort of breathing problems or lung disease
A history of alcohol addiction, drug abuse or mental illness
It is unknown where or not methadone can be harmful to an unborn baby. However, if this medication is used during pregnancy, the baby could become dependent on it. After the baby is born, this could cause withdrawal symptoms from him or her which are potentially life-threatening. Babies who are born dependent on this type of habit forming medication are likely to require medical treatment for at least a few weeks, this is why informing you doctor if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, is very important.
What to Avoid When On Methadone
Stay away from alcohol, the side effects of combining alcohol with methadone can be very dangerous and can even lead to death. It is important to check medication and food labels to guarantee that they contain no alcohol. Grapefruit and/or grapefruit juice may interact with the methadone leading to side effects that are unwanted, discuss with your doctor any form of grapefruit use prior to consumption.
Methadone has been known to impair thinking or reactions, severe drowsiness or dizziness can cause falls as well as other accidents. Until you know how you will be affected by the medication, avoid driving or operating heavy machinery. Methadone is a very strong medication that should only be taken when prescribed by your doctor and only in the way that is instructed.