Mixing Alcohol And Methadone Hydrochloride Side Effects, Interactions And Blackouts
While methadone hydrochloride does have value as part of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs, it’s not risk-free. Methadone at high doses is drug misuse. People can experience euphoria and other desirable opioid side effects when they take large doses of methadone. There is debate about how useful methadone is as a MAT option as well. Some opponents of methadone feel that it doesn’t help treat opioid addiction and instead serves as a way to replace one addiction with another. While methadone is supposed only to be prescribed in very particular situations and people should have medical supervision while on it, this isn’t always the case. Methadone is diverted from medical use and misused as well as being sold illegally.
- Putting oneself in a dangerous situation
- Impaired judgment
- Slurred speech
- Nausea and vomiting
- Changes in vision
- Losing consciousness
When someone drinks alcohol, they may experience short-term memory loss. This is often referred to as blacking out. When someone blacks out from drinking alcohol, they may put themselves or others in danger. Opioids like methadone can also affect memory. Someone mixing the two is more likely to have blackouts during this time as well as the symptoms above. Long-term effects of mixing alcohol and methadone hydrochloride can include changes in thinking and cognition, psychological symptoms and damage to organs such as the liver. Cardiac damage can also occur.
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