Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a safe option in the treatment of an opioid addiction, but only when used within a medication assisted treatment program. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stamped its approval of methadone use after an enormous amount of research proved that it is effective in helping individuals who are addicted to opioids, such as morphine, prescription painkillers, and heroin, put an end to their addictions. When taken as a part of a medication assisted treatment program, methadone can stop cravings from being bothersome, as well as put an end to upsetting withdrawal symptoms.

If you or someone you love is interested in obtaining medication assisted treatment for an opioid addiction, discuss your needs with a prescribing physician to see if methadone can be a viable option for you. Methadone is not the only medication available to treat opioid addiction, so be sure to weigh the pros and cons prior to taking methadone or any other medications.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a chance for abuse and dependency. However, when used in a medication assisted treatment program, you will be monitored by medical professionals who can ensure your health and wellbeing so abuse does not occur. In addition, those who are taking methadone are required to report to their treatment center daily to obtain their medication, which helps decrease opportunities for abuse of the substance.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

If you are required to take a drug screen while on methadone, you will not yield a positive result. Typical drug screens cannot detect methadone, however, others that are designed specifically to detect it can.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The time you spend on methadone will be dependent on your unique treatment needs. Some individuals find that they only take methadone for a short period of time, while others use it for much longer.

If you or someone you love is interested in a medication assisted treatment program where methadone is utilized, speak to your physician about how long you might be on this medication.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Regardless of the reasons why you are taking a medication, it is always imperative that you are honest with your prescribing physician about what you are taking prior to beginning methadone. It is possible for methadone to cause serious reactions when combined with other medications, so transparency is ideal so you can be safe while taking it. Keep in mind that using other opioids, recreational drugs, or alcohol is not encouraged while taking methadone.

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

Some people choose to take methadone for a short period of time, while others are on it for much longer. Withdrawal symptoms can appear if methadone is stopped suddenly, so it is important to work with your treatment provider to ensure that you can safely wean yourself off of methadone to avoid this problem. In addition, if you wish to take another medication, your treatment provider can help you determine the best avenue for you to travel in regards to finding a new medication.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment provided at Maryland Comprehensive Treatment Centers is personalized to address each individual patient’s needs and as such, the cost of care can vary. Cost is typically dependent on the services that an individual receives, as well as the method of payment being used.

If you or a loved one wants to learn more about how much treatment might cost you here at Maryland Comprehensive Treatment Centers, reach out and speak with one of our intake specialists today.