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Methadone Drug Test

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Methadone can be detected in drug tests that specifically include it as part of the panel of drugs being tested. Health Street offers various drug testing options via hair or urine specimens, which are available for both employers and individuals. Methadone urine testing is most common, which can look back on drug use up to one week. Hair drug testing looks further back at approximately 90 days. Just choose the location for the methadone drug test and complete the registration. From there, a barcode will be sent to you or the person you specify, and should be presented at the facility upon arrival for the methadone drug test. Testing results are reported quickly, accurately, and stored securely in our online portal.

About Methadone

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 programs, and comes in the form of dispersible tablets, oral solutions, or subcutaneous injections. Although methadone affects the same receptors in the brain that heroin and morphine do, it works more slowly and does not create the feelings of bliss that these drugs do. Some brand names for methadone include Methadose and Dolophine. Due to its high potential for abuse, tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms (as portrayed in the movie A Street Cat Named Bob), methadone is classified as a Schedule II drug.

Popular Methadone Street Names:

The following are some of the common methadone street names:

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Fizzies
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Jungle Juice
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Metho
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Junk
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Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Amidone
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Done
Intended Use and Effects:

Methadone is intended to be used as a treatment for addiction to opioids. It is meant to counteract the effects of drugs like heroin by blocking the high and reducing withdrawal symptoms, decreasing the likelihood of relapse. Methadone prevents users from experiencing the physical and psychological highs and lows often brought about by the changing levels of opioids in the blood.

Side Effects of Methadone

More Common Side Effects of Methadone:
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Constipation
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Difficulty urinating
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Dry mouth
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Headaches
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Increase in weight
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Insomnia
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Vision changes
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Upset stomach
Severe Side Effects, Overdose, and Withdrawal of Methadone:

Some severe side effects of methadone may include hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the tongue or throat, hallucinations, and loss of coordination. In the case of overdose, some side effects include lowered blood pressure, lowered heart rate, and possibly coma or death. Additionally, withdrawal may include side effects such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, chills or perspiration, dilated pupils, anxiety, and many others. Withdrawal symptoms are especially likely to occur in people who abuse the drug and develop a tolerance. Methadone should only be used under the guidance of a qualified medical professional, which usually happens at a special methadone clinic.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Methadone vs Oxycodone?

One of the key differences between these two drugs is that oxycodone is intended for pain relief, while methadone is intended as a treatment to opioid addiction and managing withdrawal symptoms.

Will Adderall Test Positive For Methadone?
Methadone belongs to the opioid class, and can be identified in any panel of drug tests that specifically include it as part of the panel of drugs being tested. Adderall is a stimulant that is commonly tested in drug panels that include amphetamines as part of the panel of drugs being tested.
How Long Does Methadone Stay In Your System?

How long methadone stays in your urine or hair is dependent on several factors. Some of these include:

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Frequency of use
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Amount used
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User’s metabolism
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User’s age
Does Methadone Show Up On a Drug Test?

Yes. If you or someone you know needs to get a methadone drug test, Health Street offers a variety of options. However, the type of test may be a factor in whether or not it will show up. Methadone urine testing is more common since it is a fast, effective, and less expensive option, but it does look back on a shorter period of time (up to one week). If you need to identify drug use further back than one week, Health Street’s methadone hair drug testing option can identify usage approximately 90 days back.

Why Drug Test for Methadone?

Methadone abuse or misuse can create dangerous work or home environments, and can result in loss of life. Due to its propensity to cause drowsiness and lightheadedness, the effects of methadone can lead to accidents. A methadone drug test can help create safer working or home environments, and can open the door to recovery for someone that may be at risk for addiction or death.

Methadone Drug Test Options

Health Street offers many different options for methadone drug testing, including methadone urine tests and hair tests. Testing options can be ordered by both individuals and employers. Whether you’re an employer seeking to maintain a drug-free workplace or an individual looking to drug test yourself or a family member, we have a drug testing solution for you.

Urine – Methadone Drug Tests:
Hair – Methadone Drug Testing Options:

Citations

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METHADONE (Trade Names: Methadose®, Dolophine®; Street Names: Fizzies, Amidone, Chocolate Chip Cookies). DEA Diversion Control Division. (2019, December). https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_chem_info/methadone/methadone.pdf.
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Methadone Fast Facts. (2006, January 1). https://www.justice.gov/archive/ndic/pubs6/6096/index.htm.
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Methadone. DEA. (n.d.). https://www.dea.gov/factsheets/methadone.
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National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018, June). How do medications to treat opioid use disorder work? National Institute on Drug Abuse. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/medications-to-treat-opioid-addiction/how-do-medications-to-treat-opioid-addiction-work.
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U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2021, February 15). Methadone: MedlinePlus Drug Information. MedlinePlus. https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682134.html.