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Methadone Treatment

For more than 50 years, methadone treatment has been the gold standard of care for those seeking to recover from opiate addiction. Methadone treatment is most effective when combined with substance abuse counseling and other supportive services.

Methadone is a full agonist opioid, meaning it will act similarly to other opioids by activating the receptors in the brain, fully allowing the effects to be felt. This makes it useful in preventing the painful physical effects of opiate withdrawal and reducing cravings that often lead to relapse.

A proper dose in methadone treatment is different for each patient. The appropriate dose is achieved when a patient no longer feels the physical effects of withdrawal, but is also not experiencing the “high” they felt when using opiates illicitly. Methadone is longer lasting than other opiates, typically 24 to 36 hours, allowing a single daily dose to be sufficient for effective treatment.

Advantages of Methadone
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Possible Side Effects

Most side effects are reported as mild, and if experienced, should be discussed with your counselor or physician as a dosage adjustment may help. Side effects can include:

  • Constipation
  • Sweating
  • Weight gain
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Headache
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Nausea
  • Mood swings
  • Decreased libido
MedMark counselors and physicians can provide more information about methadone treatment, its interactions with other medications, safety warnings and precautions.
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