Methadone Facts

Methadone hydrochloride is a synthetic opiate that is often used to treat people with a heroin addiction or in hospitals as an effective pain reliever. It works to help people gradually taper off of heroin dependency and reduce withdrawal symptoms. Methadone is highly addictive and is one of the most commonly abused prescription narcotics in the United States.

Street Names

Some of the most common street names for methadone include:

  • Meth
  • Dolls
  • Phy
  • Wafer
  • Juice
  • Maria
  • Done
  • Fizzies
  • Salvia

How Methadone Is Abused

If attained for medicinal prescription purposes, then methadone is usually taken in pill or liquid form. Individuals often mix it with juices or water if they are following directions of the prescription. However, people that use methadone illicitly have been known to mix it with other drugs or alcohol to reach the desired effect. It can also be dissolved in a liquid and injected directly into the bloodstream.

Immediate Effects Of Methadone

The high that a person gets when they take methadone can vary from person to person depending on the purpose and the method of taking the drug. For individuals taking it as prescribed by a doctor, methadone can have very effective pain relieving outcomes. It is common for people to feel drowsy and light headed. When people that take it illicitly, they can have euphoric and relaxed sensations. If they mix it with other substances, then individuals can achieve different levels of intoxication.  

Long And Short Term Effects Of Methadone

The effects of methadone are contingent upon the severity of the addiction. These are some outcomes of methadone abuse that are typically seen:

  • Elevated heart rate
  • Respiratory problems
  • Organ problems/failure
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle tension/soreness
  • Tremors
  • Constipation
  • Psychosis
  • Paranoia
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

Struggling With An Addiction To Methadone?

While methadone can be helpful for medicinal purposes, it can be very addicting and lead to adverse effects. If you are addicted to methadone and are ready to get help, call our free addiction helpline to speak with a specialist about finding a drug rehab facility. We are confident that with knowledge about your addiction and any personal preferences that you have, we can locate the best detox rehab center for you.

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