Methadone FAQ

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a safe option for the treatment of opioid addiction. This prescription medication is commonly used within medication assisted treatment programs, as it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval after an extensive amount of research determined its effectiveness in ending individuals’ addictions to heroin, morphine, prescription painkillers, and other opioids. When used within the safe borders of a comprehensive treatment program, methadone can stop drug cravings, as well as lessen the intensity of withdrawal symptoms that develop when an individual stops using his or her drug(s) of choice.

If you or someone you care for is interested in medication assisted treatment to help put an end to an opioid addiction, speak with a treatment provider to determine if methadone is the medication best suited for you or your loved one. There are numerous medication options within medication assisted treatment programs, therefore it is imperative that a treatment provider explores pros and cons of such medications prior to consumption.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Methadone is a controlled substance, which means that there is potential for abuse and possible dependency issues to develop. However, when using methadone within a medication assisted treatment program, experienced and certified professionals can monitor an individual’s use of methadone to ensure that it is not creating any of these issues. In addition, medication treatment programs that utilize methadone require their patients to come to the center daily to receive their dosage. This eliminates the risk of abuse happening at home.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

If an individual has to take a drug test while on methadone, it will not come back positive. However, a drug screen will come back positive if an individual is consuming other opioids. Keep in mind that there are specialized drug tests that can detect methadone, however they are not standard.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

How long an individual stays on methadone is dependent upon a number of specific factors, including an individual’s needs. As a result, some people take methadone for a short period of time, while others are on it for much longer.

If you or someone you care for is looking into medication assisted treatment that includes the use of methadone, speak with a treatment provider to determine how long you or your loved one might be taking this medication.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

It is important to inform your physician of any and all medications that you are taking before consuming methadone, whether it be for physical or psychological reasons. It is possible for methadone to interact with other medications, therefore it is always a smart idea to have a discussion to talk about the other medications that are being taken. In addition, please know that the use of other opioids or alcohol is not recommended while taking methadone.

What if I no longer wish to take methadone? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

Some individuals take methadone for the long-term, while others take it for a short period of time. Each individual is not required to take methadone for a long time. Therefore, stopping or switching is possible. However, prior to doing so, it is important to properly taper off of methadone to avoid the onset of withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, treatment providers at a medication assisted treatment center will work alongside patients to help decide the appropriate dosage for each patient to help begin tapering off. If an individual chooses to take another medication instead of methadone, he or she can discuss this with his or her provider.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment we offer at Inland Empire Comprehensive Treatment Centers is incredibly personalized so that all the needs of each patient are met. Therefore, the cost of treatment can vary significantly. The type of medication that is taken, the therapeutic services that are provided, and the method of payment can impact a patient’s overall total cost for care.

If you or a loved one desires to obtain more information about the cost of care at Inland Empire Comprehensive Treatment Centers or would like more information about methadone, please contact one of our helpful intake experts today.

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