Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone, which is a safe option for opioid addiction treatment, is a prescription medication that is used within medication assisted treatment programs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Methadone after a great deal of research found that it is highly effective in helping individuals recover from heroin and prescription pain medication addictions. When incorporated into a complete, 360-degree treatment plan, Methadone is able to stop the onset of cravings and intense withdrawal symptoms.

If your or someone you love wants to obtain medication assisted treatment that includes the use of medications like methadone, speak with your provider to decide if this is the best form of medication for you or your loved one. There are a number of other treatment options available, so it is imperative to work with your provider to see what the pros and cons of using methadone will be for you.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Methadone, which is a controlled substance, can cause abuse and dependency to develop. However, professionals who work in a medication assisted treatment program can supervise each patient’s use of this medication to prevent it from causing a chemical dependency concern. In addition, medication assisted treatment programs require patients to come to the center daily to obtain their medication, which dramatically decreases the odds of abuse.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

No. If an individual takes a drug test while on Methadone, he or she will not test positive. A special test is required to detect this drug, however if other substances are being abused, they will be detected.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time that you spend taking Methadone will be based on your needs. Some individuals only use it for a short period of time, while others take it for much longer.

If you or someone you love is looking into a medication assisted treatment program that includes the use of Methadone, it is important to speak with your provider about how long this medication will be taken for.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

If you are taking prescription medications for mental health or physical purposes, it is important that you disclose this information to your provider before starting on Methadone. This medication can cause negative interactions with other medications, so it is smart to speak with your provider about all of the medications you are consuming to preserve the safety and effectiveness of those medications as well as the Methadone. In addition, while taking Methadone, the use of other drugs or alcohol is not advised.

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

Some people will continue taking Methadone for a while, however that does not mean that you have to. Because withdrawal symptoms can develop when someone abruptly stops Methadone, it is important to work with a medical professional who can ensure that this process is done safely. In addition, if you choose to take another medication within a medication assisted treatment program, you can talk about doing so with a professional prior to making that switch.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment that we supply at Racine Comprehensive Treatment Center is customized to meet the needs of each patient. Therefore, the cost of treatment can vary based on the method of payment and the services received.

If you or someone you love wants to learn more about the cost of care at Racine Comprehensive Treatment Center, please contact one of our intake specialists today.