Methadone FAQ

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid dependence, methadone is a safe and frequently used prescription medication. Extensive clinical research has confirmed its safety when taken as directed and under the supervision of a medical professional for alleviating the symptoms of withdrawal from opioids. Methadone also works to keep cravings for additional opioid use at bay.

By working closely with your medical provider, you can determine if methadone is the appropriate course of treatment to take based on your individual needs. Since there are other medications available within medication assisted treatment, it is important to work with your provider to find the medication that will fit with your treatment goals and requirements.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a risk for abuse and dependency. However, when taken as directed and under the supervision of trained medical professionals, methadone is extremely safe and the risk for abuse is low. By closely monitoring the prescription and administration of methadone, the staff at Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers ensures the safety of each patient. Our program requires that patients receive their methadone at the center where their treatment is being received, which significantly minimizes the risk for abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Should a drug screen be required while taking methadone, a positive result will not be produced. Although a positive result will take place should an individual abuse opioids during the course of treatment, a specific test is required in order to detect methadone within a person’s system.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time that a patient will remain on methadone will vary based on his or her individual needs. While some patients will only utilize methadone for a short period of time, others may continue taking it long-term. If you or someone you care about is considering utilizing methadone for the treatment of opioid addiction, please discuss the length of time that methadone will benefit you prior to beginning treatment.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes, and because methadone can negatively interact with other medications, it is important for patients to openly discuss their use of other substances, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications with their physician prior to incorporating methadone into their treatment plans. It is also important for patients to refrain from using opioids, other substances, and alcohol while taking methadone due to the dangerous side effects that can take place.

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

Although methadone is safe for long-term use, patients are not required to continue taking it for the rest of their lives. Since the symptoms of withdrawal can take place if the use of methadone suddenly ceases, it is important for patients to work closely with their treatment provider to safely wean off of their medication. In doing so, a patient can avoid experiencing the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. Should a patient wish to transition onto a different medication, he or she can discuss his or her options with his or her treatment provider prior to beginning a new form of treatment.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment provided through Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly customized based on the needs of each individual patient. The medication that is prescribed, the additional services that are utilized, as well as the method of payment that is used can all cause the final cost of care to vary between patients.

To learn more about the cost of care as well as the treatment options that we offer, please contact one of our intake experts today.

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