Methadone FAQ

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a safe prescription medication that medication assisted treatment programs use in the treatment of opioid addiction. After an extensive amount of research proving its effectiveness in aiding individuals towards recovery from heroin, prescription pain medications, and morphine, methadone received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. When taken in conjunction with a well-rounded treatment plan, methadone can stop withdrawal symptoms and decrease drug cravings to use opioids.

If you or someone you care for desires to obtain medication assisted treatment that includes the use of methadone for opioid addiction treatment, speak with an experienced physician who can help determine if methadone is the best medication for you or your loved one. Methadone is just one of many different medication approaches to opioid addiction treatment, so it is a good idea to speak with a physician to ensure that methadone is the most appropriate treatment for you or your loved one prior to starting a methadone regimen.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a higher risk of abuse and dependency. It is important to keep in mind that when taking methadone within a medication assisted treatment program, medical professionals are able to monitor each patient’s intake of methadone to help prevent abuse and addiction from developing. In addition, medication assisted treatment programs require patients to come to the center on a daily basis to receive their methadone dose, which helps control the substance and decrease abuse potential.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Should an individual be asked to take a drug screening test while on methadone, his or her use of the medication will not make the test turn positive. Drug tests can and will test positive if there are other substances (like opioids) in an individual’s system. Only specific tests will be able to pick up medications like methadone.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

Each individual patient will remain on methadone for a different period of time than the next. When taking methadone, the period of time that you will use it will depend on your specific needs. Some individuals take it for a little while, while others use it for long-term maintenance.

If you or someone you care for is interested in participating in a medication assisted treatment program that includes the use of methadone, speak to your physician to determine how long you may be on this medication.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

If you are taking any prescription medications for physical or psychological reasons, be sure to notify your physician prior to taking methadone. It is possible for methadone to cause interactions when combined with other medications; therefore, you should always keep a line of communication open between you and your physician about all medications you are on so you can preserve the safety and effectiveness of methadone and other medications you might be taking. It is also not recommended for you to use opioids, other recreational drugs, or drink alcohol when 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 longer periods of time than others, however it is important to understand that not everyone takes methadone for the same length of time. It is possible for individuals to experience withdrawal symptoms if methadone use stops suddenly. Therefore, the staff at a medication assisted treatment program can work with patients to help them to taper off of methadone safely. Should an individual desire to switch to a different medication for maintenance, he or she can speak to his or her doctor to determine if a switch is the best decision for them.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment that is offered at Portland Comprehensive Treatment Centers is personalized based on each patient’s needs. As a result, specific services are offered, which causes the cost of treatment to vary. Services that are rendered, the type of payment method, and more can all impact a patient’s cost of care.

If you or someone you love wants to learn more about methadone and the cost of care provided at Portland Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please reach out and contact one of our experienced intake specialists today.

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