Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Methadone is right for me?

Methadone, a safe option in treating opioid addiction, is a prescription medication that is frequently utilized in medication assisted treatment programs. Methadone received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after an extensive amount of research determined its effectiveness in aiding individuals in recovering from addictions to opioids such as morphine, heroin, and prescription pain medications. When incorporated in a comprehensive treatment plan, methadone is able to stop nagging drug cravings and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that appear after an individual ends his or her use of opioids.

If you or someone you love is interested in obtaining medication assisted treatment that utilizes methadone to end addiction, speak with a provider who can help determine if you or your loved one will benefit from this medication. There are medications other than methadone that can help with opioid addiction treatment, so it is imperative to work with a qualified treatment provider to determine the pros and cons of starting on methadone so you or your loved one can obtain the most favorable treatment outcomes.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Yes. Methadone is a controlled substance, which means that there is potential for abuse and dependency. However, keep in mind that when utilized within a medication assisted treatment program, certified professionals will be able to monitor the administration of methadone to prevent any type of addiction from developing. In addition, medication assisted treatment programs require all patients to come to the center to obtain their dose on a daily basis, which helps reduce the likelihood of incorrect dosing or risk for abuse.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

If an individual is required to take a drug screening while on methadone, it will not result in a positive test. There are some drug tests that are designed to detect methadone, however they are not commonly used. However, if an individual is abusing other substances or opioids, the drug screen will come back positive.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

The length of time that you might remain on methadone will be determined based on your own individual needs. Some patients utilize methadone for just a few months, while others use it for much longer.

If you or someone you love is considering participating in a medication assisted treatment program that includes the use of methadone, speak with a provider regarding the length of time that this medication might be used for.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

If an individual is consuming any prescription medications for physical or psychological reasons, it is imperative that they disclose all medications to a physician prior to starting on a methadone maintenance program. Methadone can cause interactions with other medications, which is why it is important to speak with your physician about your use of other medications to ensure that you will be using methadone safely. While on methadone, abstain from the use of other opioids, other drugs in general, and alcohol.

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

Since each patient can experience withdrawal symptoms if the use of methadone suddenly stops, it is important to work with a physician to properly wean off of this medication. Some people take methadone for a short period of time, while others use it for longer. You can take methadone for as long as you need, however if you and your physician determine that you can stop methadone or will be switching to another medication, your physician can help you taper off of methadone in the safest manner possible.

What is the cost for Methadone treatment?

The treatment we provide at Southeastern Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is incredibly personalized, which means that we work to meet each and every one of your needs. We do so by providing specific services to you, all of which can impact the cost of your care. The medication that is taken, the services offered, and even the method of payment can impact your final treatment costs.

If you or someone you care for wants to obtain more information about methadone treatment at Southeastern Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please reach out to one of our intake experts today.