Methadone is an opiate, just like Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin and even heroin. However, methadone is different from the other opiates in the way it works in the Central Nervous System (CNS) and brain. By competing with other opiates, methadone blocks the opioid receptors and prevents them from becoming effective.
Additionally, methadone is long-acting and continues working for up to 60 hours which is extremely beneficial in providing relief from withdrawal symptoms from other opiates. However, if you are abusing methadone by taking it outside of the recommended dosage, you are at risk for drug overdose because of the drug’s long-acting ability.
Methadone withdrawal syndrome occurs if you stop taking the drug suddenly and in some cases even during tapering. The brain becomes used to the drug and as the brain tries to maintain balance, the lack of methadone sends the body into withdrawal syndrome.
Depending on the severity of use, it is not uncommon for individuals to experience the onset of symptoms within a few days after the last time methadone was used. The effects of methadone withdrawal may include:
• Flu-like symptoms
• Dry mouth
• Respiratory problems
• Hallucinations and confusion
• Irregular heart rate and chest pain
• Loss of consciousness
Although methadone withdrawal symptoms are considered to be a little less severe than withdrawal from other opioids, withdrawal can last for seven to ten days; however in cases of high dose methadone use, symptoms can last for several weeks, even a few months.
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