Yes, methadone is generally a safe long-acting opioid medication. More on methadone safety and efficiency in addiction treatment here.
What is methadone and does it work as a treatment for opioid addiction? Methadone helps treat opioid addiction and keeps addicts off of heroin. Why is it not being used more widely? Derek Simon, Ph.D. helps us explore this issue here.
Methadone use for addiction is a controversial issue. More on how methadone work on a physical level in the brain, with a section for your questions at the end.
Methadone can be prescribed for pain by a licensed physician in the U.S. However, when methadone is used as an opiate/opioid substitution therapy, practitioners are required to be registered with the DEA as a Narcotic Treatment Program (NTP). More on the legal distribution of methadone here, with a section for your questions at the end.
Methadone is prescribed through a medical doctor for pain. But when prescribed for people who are coping with drug addiction, there are many regulations for its prescription. More on methadone prescriptions here.
Yes, methadone lessens the symptoms of opiate withdrawal blocks the effects of opiate drugs. More on how methadone can help with withdrawal here.
Tolerance to and dependence on methadone can develop with chronic or indefinite use. What are some of the other dangers of long term methadone use? We review here.
Methadone is used to treat individuals who suffer from addiction on heroin and narcotic pain medicines or as a pain reliever. More on its legal, illegal, and problematic uses here.
How long does it take before methadone wears off? Generally, after a single oral dose effects can last from 6 to 8 hours, depending on patterns of use. More on duration of methadone effects here.
Do methadone and Suboxone work as a long-term solution for opiate addiction? Or do they do more harm than good? More on how methadone and Suboxone (buprenorphine) DO NOT treat the root of the opiate addiction epidemic here.