Methadone is a classic opioid medication that is used in treating the withdrawal symptoms in people who are addicted to other narcotics such as heroine. It is primarily used as a pain reliever and it is always a part of drug addiction and detoxification and maintenance programs in many of the drug rehabilitation centers. Its use is strictly controlled and as such, it can only be obtained from certified pharmacists.
Being a substance that is used in remediating the addiction from other narcotics, it is important to note that its abuse, overdose or addiction can lead to serious health issues. For instance, it can easily lead to slow breathing or stop breathing completely when you are either starting to use it or when you have suddenly changed the dosage. It therefore makes it imperative that no one should ever use methadone without prescription or use it in a way contrary to the prescribed one.
One of the most adverse reactions of methadone is the occurrence of death especially at the beginning of the medication. It use is also likely to exhibit all the other reactions normally witnessed from the use of other opiates and it is common for the patients to develop problems such as respiratory arrests, develop physical tolerance following prolonged use, cause constipation, diarrhea, vertigo edema as well as sedation.
Taking methadone is doses not prescribed are dangerous and ultimately lead to the loss of a person’s life. The following are however some of the symptoms you can expect to find in a person who has taken an overdose of the substance-:
Respiratory problems such as difficulty in breathing, slow and shallow breaths and sometimes a complete shutdown of the respiratory system.
Gastrointestinal problems such as constipation
Weakened heart and blood vessel problems
Problems with the central nervous system such as drowsiness, disorientation and coma.
Never ever take methadone without an appropriate prescription from a doctor.