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Methadone: What Does it Do to the Body?

Posted on :  January 21st, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

At Towards Recovery Clinics, we work with heroin and opioid addicts by helping them fight their addictions. Our comprehensive program puts addicts in the care of physicians, nurses, and therapists who specialize in helping patients fight their addictions. Our goal is to help former addicts recover successfully so they can integrate themselves back into society.

We understand how addictive opioids are, so we work with our patients in the best way possible for their situations. One of the treatments we use is methadone, which is an analgesic opiate medication. The term “analgesic” means that the drug will stop the sensation of pain.

Since opioids do this to the body, once a heroin or other opioid addict stops taking their drug of choice, pain becomes commonplace in the body. We often prescribe methadone because it stops the symptoms that come from withdrawing from a heroin addiction. Since the pain of withdrawal goes away with methadone, users no longer feel the need to take heroin.

Like all drugs, prescription, over-the-counter, or illegal, there are side-effects that can occur. Methadone has been found to be more beneficial for opioid addicts than not, so the side effects tend to be accepted. However, it is always a good idea to know what can happen when methadone enters the body.

When Methadone Enters the Body

The first thing that methadone does is relax the body. It also can make the user feel high, since methadone is an opioid, too. It is possible to abuse it, but not if patients follow our prescription for use. Those who abuse it usually buy it off of the street and take it without regulation. Patients usually have to come to use to get their daily dosage, because it is too easy for addicts to abuse the drug.

Most of the negative side effects happen to people who take methadone illegally. Those who take it under the watchful eye of healthcare providers like those at Towards Recovery Clinics usually do not experience these side effects. We believe it is a good idea for our patients to know what can happen if they begin to abuse a drug like methadone instead of using it as prescribed.

Methadone Side Effects

The worst side effects of methadone include coma and death. These only come with overdoses, which our health care providers help our patients avoid. But, if patients do decide to look for methadone elsewhere, there is the potential of these horrible events.

Opioids have been found to create some discomfort in the digestive system. Constipation and difficulty urinating can be challenges that come with methadone use. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to remedy the problem.

Because methadone is an opioid, there are some problems that can arise in the autonomous nervous system. Some people will experience low blood pressure, respiratory depression, excessive sweating, and sleep irregularities. This tends to happen due to the calming effects that come from opioid use. If these side effects occur, it is important to tell us so we can adjust the dosage.

There are also side effects that can be a nuisance to recovering addicts. They include troubles like nausea and vomiting, skin problems, headaches, and sexual dysfunction. Some recovering users will also complain of weight gain. Again, it is important that you tell us so we can help manage these side effects by adjusting dosages or other methods.

Buying methadone on the street is not a healthy way to recover from a heroin addiction. The dosage can be more concentrated and can cause comas or death, usually from the autonomous nervous system slowing too much. If these large doses are continually taken, damage can be done to the heart and brain, as well as the lungs and other vital organs. These problems cannot be fixed.

If you have any questions or concerns about methadone as a tool for recovery, or if you are worried about a methadone addiction, please contact us at 905-527-2042 or email at

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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