How Does Methadone Make You Feel?
Methadone is a common drug used in medicine assisted treatment for addiction. The effective drug is meant to relieve withdrawal symptoms and acts as an alternative to harder drugs including heroin, some painkillers and opiates. However, in higher doses methadone can exhibit opiate-like effects, creating a state of euphoria and extreme relaxation for users. Though they are meant to use this drug as a transition into recovery, it is not uncommon for addicts to become dependent and addicted to methadone. Without the proper precautions, methadone can pose harmful and life-threatening risks to users.
Used in therapy, methadone acts as a full agonist binding to opiate receptors in the brain and can cause a similar high to other opiate drugs. Unlike partial agonists such as buprenorphine and Suboxone, methadone does not have a ceiling effect hindering the level of euphoria a user can feel. This makes the drug highly addictive. Addicts are meant to use this drug as a transitional agent to overcome addiction. However, methadone has strong, addictive qualities that can cause users to become dependent even after prescribed doses.
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Taking doses too close together or in large quantities can greatly increase the risk of methadone overdose. In addition, doctors urge users to not combine medication or alcohol with methadone treatment. Taking this drug without the proper guidance and precautions can result in life-threatening, and sometimes fatal consequences.
- Mood swings
- Slowed breathing
- Constricted pupils
Long-term abuse of methadone can result in serious, and potentially life-threatening health issues. Methadone abusers who inject the drug intravenously are at increased risk of developing diseases including HIV/AIDS. Other serious health risks associated with methadone abuse include:
- Respiratory failure
- Cardiac issues
- Impaired cognitive functions