What is Methadone?
Methadone is categorized as Schedule II drug, used for treating people with heroin addiction problem. Brand names of methadone include Dolophine, Methadose, and Amidone. A person who takes this drug as part of a treatment program may experience drowsiness, constipation, lowered respiration rate, mood swings and feeling of laziness.
Introduction to Methadone Overdose
An overdose can occur if a person ingests a high dose of methadone, either accidentally or deliberately. Overdoses are much more common for people who use methadone recreationally and especially for those who mix methadone with other drugs or alcohol.
What are the symptoms of methadone overdose?
Symptoms of a methadone overdose include:
- Difficulty in urinating
- Dry mouth
- Feeling cold
- Feeling confused
- Itchiness due to development of skin rashes
- Lack of appetite
- Lower blood pressure
- Muscle spasm
- Pinpoint pupils
- Unusual sleeping patterns
- Weak pulse
- Weight gain
When is methadone abused?
Methadone abuse usually begins when a patient, prescribed the drug during recovery from alcoholism, takes more than the prescribed doses to achieve the feeling or high or euphoria. A patient suspected of a methadone overdose may lose consciousness, which could be alarming if no immediate medical intervention is administered.
How to treat a methadone overdose?
Methadone overdose can only be treated with detoxification. Detoxification is a medical procedure administered by doctors to remove all the residue of this drug like pumping the patient’s stomach, giving laxatives and activated charcoal or intravenous fluids. After the detoxification, a patient is advised to join a rehab treatment programs.
How long does treatment for a methadone overdose last?
Depending on a patient’s history of drug abuse, breaking a methadone addiction can be a lifelong process. Methadone residue may stay in the system, specifically in the fatty tissues, for years. Ending a methadone addiction can be a lifelong process, and benefits from strong family support, professional intervention, and a credible rehab facility.