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What is Methadone ?

Methadone is a controversial but legal prescription pain reliever in the opioid family. It is most often used as part of drug addiction detoxification and maintenance program. Less well known is that Methadone is also used as a pain reliever similar in strength to morphine. Some brand names for Methadone include Mathadose and Dolophaine.

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About Methadone (Mathadose, Dolophaine) Drug Test

Common street names for Methadone

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These are some of the street names the prescription pain reliever Methadone has been associated with.
  • Fizzies
  • Jungle juice
  • Metho
  • Junk
  • Phy
  • Meth
  • Done
  • Dolls
  • Dollies

Intended Effects

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Methadone is prescribed in either tablets of 5, 10 and 40 mg, dispersible tablets, oral solution, as an injection or taken subcutaneously. The intended use of Methadone is to counteract the effects of opiates such as heroin or other narcotic drugs by blocking, at the spinal cord, the high that is caused by opiates. Methadone reduces withdrawal symptoms of opiates for 24 to 36 hours, decreasing the likelihood of an opiate relapse.

Methadone keeps users from experiencing the physical and psychological highs and lows often brought about by the changing levels of opiates in the blood. When using Methadone as part of a treatment plan for drug abuse, it is usually given to former heroin users at a clinic or special pharmacy.

Methadone Side Effects

Methadone is a controversial but legal prescription pain reliever in the opioid family. It is most often used as part of drug addiction detoxification and maintenance program. Less well known is that Methadone is also used as a pain reliever similar in strength to morphine. Some common brand names for Methadone include:
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Dry mouth
  • Feelings of euphoria or elation
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Drowsiness
  • Inability to think rationally
  • Inability to drive safely or operate heavy machinery
  • Impairs balance and coordination

Dangers of Methadone overdose

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The dangers of a Methadone overdose are real and can significantly impact ones health. If the recommended dosage is not followed and users ingest too much Methadone, there is a risk of death or coma. That is why Methadone use is monitored, ensuring users are using Methadone correctly as they gradually overcome their addiction to dangerous opiates.

Some individuals obtain Methadone to get a high, making it a popular street drug that is often mixed with other drugs. When Methadone is taken without the supervision of professionals or mixed with other drugs or alcohol, it becomes a dangerous drug.

Drug testing for Methadone

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The effects of Methadone can lead to accidents at work thanks to its propensity to cause drowsiness and lightheadedness. It is easy to see how the effects of Methadone use in the work environment could be dangerous. Employers can screen their employees for Methadone use by acquiring a 9 panel urine drug test or 9 panel hair follicle drug test from Health Street.