Signs Of Methadone Hydrochloride Abuse
Methadone is considered a medication-assisted treatment option or MAT. MAT incorporates the use of medications paired with therapy and addiction treatment for people who are addicted to opioids. Methadone isn’t the only medication used for this purpose, however. Newer options introduced have a reduced risk of misuse and a lower risk profile. Due to the risks of methadone, it is only administered in a closely controlled environment. Methadone hydrochloride can be diverted from medical use and misused as well as sold illicitly as well.
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Impaired thinking and cognition
- Seeming to be forgetful
- Impaired balance
- Coordination problems
- Constricted pupils
- Dry mouth
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Shallow breathing
- Problems urinating
- Reduced testosterone levels
- Sexual dysfunction and changes in sexual desire
- Changes in cognitive function and memory impairment
- Changes in mood and behavior
- Reduced levels of serotonin in the brain, increasing the risk of certain psychiatric conditions
- Cardiovascular issues and complications
- Changes in menstrual cycle for women
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