Methadone FAQ

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a safe option for treating opioid dependency, as this prescription medication has an extensive amount of research backing it. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved methadone for use in opioid addiction treatment programs, as it has proven to help those addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers. When used as a tool in a complete comprehensive treatment program, methadone can stop the onset of painful cravings and withdrawal symptoms when an individual ceases his or her opioid use.

If you or someone you love wants to obtain medication assisted treatment that includes the use of methadone, it is important to speak with a provider of such care to determine if this medication is appropriate for you or your loved one. There are additional medication options available outside of methadone, so it is imperative to discuss the pros and cons of methadone with a provider to ensure that this is the best treatment for you or your loved one.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, it holds the possibility to be addictive in those who misuse it. However, when methadone is taken under the supervision of trained professionals, the risk of an addiction developing is dramatically decreased. In addition, medication assisted treatment programs make all patients come to the center daily to obtain their dose of methadone, which also decreases the likelihood of abuse to occur.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

If an individual is made to complete a drug test while taking methadone, his or her use will not be detected. A drug test will come up positive if the individual is abusing other opioids or substances, however, a specific type of test is needed to pick up traces of methadone.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The period of time that an individual will remain on methadone will depend on his or her own unique needs. Some individuals only take methadone for a little while, while others use it for much longer.

If you or someone you love is looking into obtaining care from a medication assisted treatment program that includes the use of methadone, it is important to speak with a provider regarding how long you or your loved one might be on methadone.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

If an individual is consuming any prescription medications for mental or physical reasons, it is imperative that he or she let his or her provider know prior to starting on methadone. Methadone can negatively interact with other medications, which is why it is important for individuals to share this information with their provider so that the safety and effectiveness of the methadone and other prescription medications can be preserved. In addition, when taking methadone, do not use other opioids, other substances, or drink alcohol, as these substances can cause serious side effects when combined with methadone.

What if I no longer wish to take methadone? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

Some individuals continue using methadone for years, however that does not mean that everyone has to follow suit. Since an individual can experience withdrawal symptoms if methadone is stopped suddenly, it is important that treatment providers work to help patients safely wean off of methadone. In addition, if an individual wants to start taking another medication at a medication assisted treatment program, his or her provider can discuss this with him or her prior to doing so.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment that is supplied at Northeast Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is customized to meet the needs of each patient who is obtaining services. Because of this, the cost of care can vary. Some of the factors that go into this cost can include the services rendered, the medication administered, and the method of payment.

If you or someone you love is interested in finding out more about the cost of care at Northeast Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact one of our skilled intake specialists today.

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