What is Liquid Methadone Used For?


Methadone is a medication that’s often used to ease withdrawal symptoms for people addicted to narcotics like heroin. It works by “blocking” the high that opiate drugs give and alleviating the common symptoms of withdrawal such as anxiety, depression and nausea. With the use of methadone to lessen the unpleasant effects, it becomes easier for people struggling with the psychological disease of addiction to avoid seeking illicit drugs to cure their symptoms, thus beginning the road to recovery.

The issue with methadone is that it is itself addictive, and according to Livestrong, “Opiate addicts have been known to exchange their methadone for opiates, and continue misusing. There is also the danger of overdose if the person addicted to the drug combine methadone with other drugs, such as alcohol. While methadone actually blocks the opiate high, the person suffering from substance use disorder may still combine opiates and methadone with deadly results.”

In addition to being addictive, there are common side effects of liquid methadone and methadone in pill form. Side effects include insomnia, muscle weakness, anxiety and nervousness. More serious side effects of methadone include hallucinations, chest pain and fainting.

What is Liquid Methadone Used For?
According to drugs.com, methadone liquid can vary in color, but it usually one of the following:

clear, flavorless solution, red-colored, cherry-flavored solution, or orange-colored, citrus-flavored solution. There seems to be a great deal of misinformation about the different colors of methadone available, so be sure to ask your clinic or physician if you have any questions about your medication.

Methadone should never, ever be injected for any reason at all. It is meant to pass through the stomach and be digested by the body, not to enter the bloodstream. Remember that these two types of drugs—those that are meant to be digested and those that are meant to be injected—are formulated quite differently. As such, serious complications like overdose and even accidental death can occur from injecting methadone.

How can this occur? Methadone liquid is not a pure substance; it has fillers and additives, which may include substances like glycerin and sorbitol. These substances can easily clog veins and cause clots, which can quickly turn deadly. In addition, methadone in all forms is created as a time-release formulation, meaning only small amounts are activated at a time. Shooting methadone liquid can give you the false sense that it’s “not working,” leading you to inject more and more. Then, when the time-release kicks in, you can easily overdose without intending to.

With controlled substances like methadone, it’s incredibly important to get the dosage amount correct. That’s part of the reason why patients often obtain methadone from approved clinics. When determining the correct dosage of methadone, age, general condition and medical status will all be taken into account.

MedicineNet reports normal dosage for pain control in otherwise healthy adults as 2.5 to 10 milligrams every eight to ten hours. Higher doses, often between 20 to 120 milligrams per day, are often required for patients recovering from opioid or other addictions. When taking methadone liquid or tablets, always remember to follow the dosage directions provided to you by your physician or clinic.

While methadone is used to help you on the road to recovery, it’s a tough ride. As you learned in this article, methadone comes with its own set of side effects and challenges. If you or a loved one could be struggling with a substance use disorder involving methadone or other drugs, we invite you to contact our compassionate and well-trained team at The Recovery Village. Even if you just have questions you’d like answered, we’re here and ready to help in any way we can.

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