Methadone Information

Methadone is a synthetic opioid analgesic (painkiller) used to treat chronic pain. Methadone also has been used for decades as a treatment for people with opioid dependence, primarily heroin addiction. Methadone ranks high among drugs implicated in the soaring rates of prescription drug addiction across the country.

Because methadone is potent and long-lasting, and far less expensive than other prescription painkillers, it has become more and more popular among family physicians and other health care providers who prescribe it for all kinds of chronic pain.

Methadone Facts

According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the number of drug-poisoning deaths involving methadone increased sevenfold, from about 800 deaths in 1999 to about 5,518 in 2007. Between 2007 and 2008, the number of deaths involving methadone decreased by nearly 600 deaths, the first decrease since 1999. Since 2008, deaths from methadone have continued to decrease slightly to 4,418 in 2011, the most recent year for which the agency has published statistics. The NCHS adds that methadone was involved in 26 percent of all opioid-analgesic poisoning deaths in 2011,

Methadone, unlike other opioid painkillers, stays in the bloodstream long after pain relief has worn off. With the pain back, patients assume the drug has worn off and take more, leading to overdose, coma, respiratory failure, and death.

Click here to read about the History of Methadone.

Methadone Effects

What’s wrong with methadone treatment and maintenance?

  • When you’re withdrawing from methadone, medical drug detox may be required.

To understand why you have to get off methadone now, read The Methadone Prison.

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Methadone Facts and Information

Statistical information from the Centers for Disease Control:

  • The number of all drug poisoning deaths (that’s right, dying from methadone is considered being poisoned) increased 150 percent (to 47,055) between 2001 and 2014. The number of poisoning deaths involving methadone increased over 700 percent.
  • The number of methadone–related poisoning deaths were 4 percent of all poisoning related deaths in 1999, and by 2014 they measured approximately 26 percent.
  • Some estimates say nearly 80 percent of methadone–related poisoning deaths were unintentional. Had they done a methadone detox program earlier, they might still be alive today.

Methadone Effects

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Here are the side effects of Methadone:

  • shallow breathing
  • hallucinations or confusion
  • fast or pounding heartbeats
  • chest pain
  • trouble breathing
  • feeling light-headed
  • fainting
  • feeling anxious, nervous, or restless
  • sleep problems (insomnia)
  • dizziness, drowsiness, or weakness
  • dry mouth
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • loss of appetite
  • decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm

What do you think? Would you be able to resolve your addiction issues if you had these symptoms?


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The Novus Methadone Detox Solution:

  • Uses medicines as needed to make the methadone withdrawal more comfortable.
  • Understands that most people on methadone have serious physical problems that will make methadone withdrawal even more difficult and maybe impossible if done without medical supervision.
  • Uses IV’s to ensure hydration and that the body gets the vitamins, amino acids and other nutrients needed to strengthen the body to make the withdrawal process more easily done.
  • Provides food that gets rave reviews from our patients.
  • Provides 24-hour medical supervision, continual monitoring of the patient’s progress and frequent adjustments to the rate of the patient’s taper in accordance with the comfort and safety of the patient.
  • Uses a methadone withdrawal protocol that allows a more comfortable withdrawal from even the highest doses of methadone.
  • Has a more than 90% completion rate of people who start their medical detox at Novus Medical Detox Center.
  • Provides for the completion of a lower dose methadone detox in from six to eight days and even people on high doses of methadone can generally be detoxed in less than fourteen days.
  • Allows the patient to leave on no additional drugs.
  • Provides a peaceful, home-like facility located on 3.25 treed acres where patients regularly take walks or sit outside.
  • Provides several designated smoking areas.
  • Provides private or comfortable shared rooms with telephone, television and internet access.
  • Getting off methadone has never been easier.

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