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Methadone is popularly known for treating heroin and other addiction substances. It’s been used to treat addiction since the 1960’s, and over the years there has been a lot of back and forth of how effective the treatment is between professionals and patients. Methadone clinics have sprung up all over the country and treatment centers as well. Both have strict rules to whom and how the medication will be dispensed. Some clinics allow patients to take home doses instead of coming to the clinic every day. A much lesser known fact is that some people take Methadone that have never been addicted to a substance. Some doctors will prescribe Methadone for pain management since it has the same effect with pain receptors in the brain. Either way, it is important to follow the strict directions.
Before treatment: There are a lot of side effects that are associated with this treatment. It is important to tell your doctor of any conditions you have before starting the treatment. It is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.
Take as directed: Since Methadone is an opioid drug, it can be habit forming, and it can cause serious side effects if taken too frequently. Overdosing can result in death. When finishing the medication, make sure to use the tapering off dosing as recommended by your doctor. Also, it is very important to take the medication exactly as recommended. Taking Methadone in a manner other than your doctor described can had has proved to cause death. It is important to use a reminder system like MedsMinders to make sure you are taking your medication on time and the correct dose.
Skipping doses: Because Methadone is such a strong medication, it is not recommended to skip doses. If you do miss a dose, call your doctor for instructions. In some cases it will be as simple as taking the dose late or resuming at your next dose. Other times, your doctor will recommend that you take a lower dose and work your way back up to where you were before the skipped doses.
Avoid interactions: Methadone is a very strong medication, so it should never be taken with alcohol. It’s recommended to avoid alcohol during the entire treatment because of the dangerous side effects, including death, which can occur. When you are putting your medication into your med reminder app, it is also important to note under interactions, that grapefruit and grapefruit juice are on the do not mix list with Methadone as well.
With any new medication regime, it is important to follow the directions given to you by the prescribing party, regardless if it is a private practice physician or clinic. Using a reminder system like MedsMinders is also very important. It will keep you on track and informed, but it will also inform medical personal if you should become incapacitated and not be able to tell them.