Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone, a prescription medication, is one of the safest options for opioid addiction treatment. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), methadone has undergone a vast amount of research that proves its effectiveness in aiding individuals towards recovery from addictions to morphine, heroin, or prescription painkillers. When incorporated into a chemical dependency treatment program, methadone helps prevent extreme drug cravings and is capable of reducing the intensity of withdrawal symptoms that accompany the ceasing of opioids.

If you or someone you care for is seeking medication assisted treatment to put an opioid addiction in the past, you can discuss options with a medical professional to see if methadone is the right medication for you or your loved one. There are a number of additional options for medication assisted treatment programs, so be sure to speak with a physician to discuss benefits and limitations prior to starting treatment that includes methadone.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a possibility for abuse and an addiction to form. When participating in a medication assisted treatment program, you will be monitored by qualified professionals who will ensure that you are taking the medication as prescribed to prevent abuse from occurring. In addition, those individuals who are on methadone must go to their center of choice daily in order to receive their medication, which lessens the likelihood of abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

When taking a drug screen (if required), methadone will not show up. Taking a test such as this will determine if you are taking other opioids or additional substances, and it would take a specialized test to detect methadone.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

You will remain on methadone for as long as you need to be based on your own unique needs. While some individuals are only on methadone for a short time, others might use it for longer.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

If you are taking any other prescription medications for physical or psychological reasons, make your physician aware prior to starting methadone. It is possible for methadone to negatively interact with other medications; therefore it is imperative to discuss the use of other medications in order to avoid any adverse interactions. In addition, note that using other opioids, drugs, or alcohol is not recommended while taking methadone.

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

Every individual who takes methadone is going to take it for a different length of time. If during the course of your treatment, you wish to no longer take methadone or want to switch to a different medication, your treatment provider can assist you in tapering off methadone or prescribe another medication that can meet your needs. This process is necessary so as to prevent patients from experiencing adverse effects or withdrawal during this process. To learn more about ceasing the use of methadone or changing prescriptions, it is pertinent that a conversation is had with one’s prescribing physician.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment that is provided at Southern California Comprehensive Treatment Centers is extremely personalized and thus the cost of methadone treatment can vary. A number of things can contribute to the cost of methadone treatment, such as the services an individual receives, the method of payment, and the medication that is prescribed.