The Misuse of Methadone Could be Deadly

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The Misuse of Methadone Could be Deadly

Methadone is a very unique synthetic painkiller because the prescription drug not only effectively relieves severe pain it's also been successfully used for many years in treating narcotic drug addiction. When methadone is used to treat addiction to narcotics, symptoms of withdrawal are suppressed for twenty four to thirty six hours.

When methadone is used for treating heroin addiction, the individual doesn't experience any intense drug cravings nor do they experience euphoria, so it's a very effective and safe medication when properly used.

Methadone Misuse

Unfortunately methadone is also used for nonmedical reasons and is widely abused anymore. Because methadone's a strong narcotic and can lead to tolerance and dependence very easily when it's misused, many people are addicted to the drug. Not only is methadone addictive when it's abused, people are putting themselves in danger when they misuse the drug because an overdose can take place very easily.

Most people don't realize that methadone is a very powerful drug and there are risks involved even when it's used legitimately as a prescribed painkiller. If methadone is taken over three times in a day, the drug can lead to "dangerously slowed breathing" problems because the medication builds up in the body, this can be very serious.

Accidental Methadone Overdose

The use of methadone can easily lead to an overdose if a person takes a higher dose of the drug than was prescribed too. Sadly this happens accidentally sometimes but some people intentionally take large doses of methadone which can also end up being fatal. Painkillers are widely abused and if a person is taking methadone and combines them with medications like Vicodin, Oxycontin, or morphine an overdose can also occur.

A methadone overdose is very serious and requires immediate medical attention. Methadone overdose symptoms may include:

  • Pinpoint size pupils
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Spasms
  • Muscle twitching
  • Weakened pulse
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Serious breathing problems
  • Bluish finger nails and lips
  • Coma
  • Possibly death

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