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How long does methadone treatment usually take?

How long does methadone treatment usually take?

...it depends: By definition, Methadone detox takes place over less than 180 days. The patient is progressively weaned over that time. Methadone maintenance, on the other hand, is more than 180 days. The decision is made by the patient, physican, counseling and social services over which route to take, and the best outcomes occur when everyone on this team takes an active role throughout the process. ...Read more

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
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Methadone (Definition)

Methadone is a synthetic opiate used for pain control and in the rehabilitation of opiate addicts. Methadone used in rehabilitation relieves craving, suppresses withdrawal symptoms, and blocks the euphoric effects associated with ...Read more


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Can a person undergoing Methadone Treatment Program be active in martial arts or calisthenics workouts?

Yes: Methadone does not prevent athletic activity.However, most men taking methadone have reduced serum testosterone levels as a result of that drug therapy.In addition to reducing sex drive and performance, which is bad enough, that also reduces muscle-building benefit of exercise.The hypogonadism is easily treated with testosterone supplementation, but it must first be diagnosed by simple blood test. ...Read more

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I am on methadone treatment, i take 30ml dailey. The biggest problem I have is sleepiness , to the point that i even can not see properly any help?

I am on methadone treatment, i take 30ml dailey. The biggest problem I have is sleepiness , to the point that i even can not see properly any help?

Possible sleep apnea: Methadone can induce sleep apnea in susceptible individuals. You therefore need a laboratory sleep study to find out if you have obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea. Both of them would need to be treated. Both can cause excessive daytime sleepiness. ...Read more

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When i stop my methadone treatment, will my sex drive come back? Will i go back to normal?

When i stop my methadone treatment, will my sex drive come back? Will i go back to normal?

Chances are high: Opioids usually decrease sex drive and their discontinuation may bring you back to your base line. Be careful not to discontinue prematurely if prescribed for opioid addiction treatment. ...Read more

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Questions about methadone treatment in wa state my wife and I have been enrolled in a methadone rehabilitation/treatment clinic in vancouver, wa since march 31st of 2011. My wife worked as a kidney dialyisis technician at the same treatment center for ov

Questions about methadone treatment in wa state my wife and I have been enrolled in a methadone rehabilitation/treatment clinic in vancouver, wa since march 31st of 2011.  My wife worked as a kidney dialyisis technician at the same treatment center for ov

What is the ?: I don't know what information you are looking for. The best evidence is that most people need at least 2 years of treatment before considering starting a gradual dose reduction, with high rates of relapse to street drug use in people who have been on for significantly less time (6 months or less). Some people manage well with drug-free treatment, but it's only about 15% of the total. ...Read more

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Can methadone treatment cause tooth decay?

Can methadone treatment cause tooth decay?

Yes: You need to have a very good oral hygiene care as well as periodic visits to your dentist, probably three times or more a year to follow progression of decay , and give you Fluoride treatments to prevent further decay. ...Read more

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Can 7 months of methadone treatment for heroin addiction cause a LARGE weight gain? Eating reasonably. Swelling in hands & feet.

Can 7 months of methadone treatment for heroin addiction cause a LARGE weight gain? Eating reasonably. Swelling in hands & feet.

I see it sometimes: Opiods interfere with appetite and metabolism controls in the hypothalamus. In fact, opioid blockers lead to weight loss. Weight gain is more pronounced when other meds are also used. I have the swelling as well but don't understand the mechanism ...Read more

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Why is methadone maintenance treatment bad?

Not good or bad: Methadone saves some people's lives (particularly those who are opioid dependent) and if used improperly can be lethal. A medication is neither good or bad but rather it depends upon the context in which it is used. ...Read more