Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone is one of the safest options for the treatment of opioid addiction, as it is a prescription medication that is frequently used in medication-assisted treatment programs and has received approval for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). An extensive amount of research has proven that this medication is effective in aiding individuals in recovering from addictions to opioids such as morphine, prescription pain pills, and heroin. When taken as a part of an overall treatment plan, methadone is capable of stopping the onset of painful withdrawal symptoms and tempting cravings for continued use.

If you or someone you care for is looking to obtain medication-assisted treatment that includes the use of medications that will help defeat an addiction, speak with a healthcare provider who can help decide if methadone is the best option for you or your loved one. There are a number of other medications available that medication-assisted treatment programs can provide, so it is crucial that you work with your treatment provider to measure the pros and cons in terms of whether or not a methadone treatment plan is best for you.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Methadone, a controlled substance, holds some level of dependency risk. However, when taken within a medication-assisted treatment program, trained professionals can supervise each patient’s use of methadone so as to prevent dependency from developing. In addition, medication-assisted treatment programs require patients to come to the center daily to obtain their dosage to help prevent abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

If an individual is asked to take a drug test while using methadone, his or her test will not detect this medication. Should this individual be abusing other opioids, however, then his or her test will yield a positive result. However, it takes a specific test to detect methadone, which is not commonly used.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

The period of time that an individual remains on a methadone treatment plan will depend on his or her own needs. While some will utilize methadone for a long period of time, others will only take it for a short while.

If you or someone you care for is considering partaking in a medication-assisted treatment program that offers methadone, speak with a provider to determine how long you might be taking this medication for.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

If an individual is consuming any other prescription medications for a physical or psychological purpose, it is imperative that he or she informs his or her provider before starting on methadone to avoid any possible interactions. When combined with other medications, methadone can bring about negative interactions; therefore, it is always a smart idea to be honest about all medications you are taking to ensure the safety and effectiveness of methadone. In addition, it is critical to know that using other opioids, illicit drugs, or alcohol while on methadone is not recommended.

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

Some people might remain on methadone for a long period of time, however, each patient is different and some might not require long-term maintenance. Since a patient can go through withdrawal symptoms if he or she suddenly stops using methadone, it is important that he or she works with treatment providers within his or her medication-assisted treatment program to taper off of methadone. In addition, if an individual chooses to obtain a different medication instead of methadone, his or her provider can work with him or her to talk this through prior to starting on a new medication.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment that is supplied at Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Treatment Center is customized to meet the needs of each patient. As a result, the cost of care can vary based on the type of medication that is obtained, the services that an individual receives, and the method of payment being used.

If you or someone you care for wants to learn more about how much treatment might cost at Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Treatment Center, please contact one of our skilled intake specialists right now.