Many people who are getting treatment for methadone addiction want to know how severe their methadone withdrawal symptoms will be and how long their methadone withdrawal symptoms will last. We will cover those areas a bit later, but let's begin by identifying methadone withdrawal symptoms.
Symptoms of Methadone Withdrawal
Methadone Withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to the following. A more defined list of methadone withdrawal symptoms will be listed later, but these are the basics:
- tearing of eyes
- runny nose
- excessive perspiration
- dilated pupils
- abdominal cramps
- body aches
Methadone is a synthetic opiate narcotic that when used once per 24 hours, orally, in adequate doses, can normally suppress a heroin addict's craving and withdrawal for one day. Methadone patients are as physically dependent on methadone as they were to heroin or other opiates, such as Oxycotin or Vicodin. Methadone used to control narcotic addiction is often found on the illicit market and has been associated with several overdose deaths. Tolerance and addiction to methadone is a dangerous threat, as methadone Withdrawal results from the cessation of use. Many former heroin users have claimed that the horrors of heroin addiction withdrawal were far less painful and difficult than Methadone withdrawal.
Many people go from being addicted to heroin to being addicted to methadone, and continue with this "treatment" for years, because they are afraid of the withdrawal that will happen when they stop using the methadone. Methadone does not have to be the way of life for former heroin addicts. Gradual cessation followed by a drug-free program of rehabilitation may be the answer for many addicts who are surffering.
While treating methadone withdrawal symptoms the ultimate goal is to keep the symptoms at a tolerable level.
How long do Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms last?
If you are lucky, the symptoms of methadone withdrawal will last one to two weeks.
Here is a more detailed list of Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms.
aches and pains, often in the joints and/or legs
elevated pain sensitivity
elevated blood pressure
Cognitive symptoms
increased perception of odors
marked decrease in sex drive
How severe are the methadone withdrawal symptoms?
Methadone withdrawal symptoms are generally slightly less severe than those of morphine or heroin at equivalent doses but are significantly more prolonged. Methadone withdrawal symptoms can last for several weeks or more. At high maintenance doses, sudden cessation of therapy can result in methadone withdrawal symptoms described as "the worst withdrawal imaginable," lasting from weeks to months. So in summary, methadone withdrawal symptoms are VERY severe.