Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a prescription medication that is safe for use in opioid addiction treatment. After receiving approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this medication is commonly used within treatment programs that treat this form of addiction. Extensive research has even shown the effectiveness of utilizing methadone to treat addictions to substances like prescription pain medications, heroin, and morphine. When taken within a comprehensive treatment program, methadone is able to control cravings for continued use, as well as lessen the intensity of withdrawal symptoms that develop once an individual ceases his or her opioid use.

If you or someone you care about wants to obtain medication assisted treatment that includes the use of medications to defeat opioid addiction, speak with your treatment provider to determine if this is the right medication for you or your loved one. There are additional medication treatment options, which is why it is important to work with your provider to decide if methadone is the most appropriate for you prior to starting on a treatment plan that includes this medication.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Yes. Methadone is a controlled substance, meaning that it holds potential for abuse and dependency to develop if it is not properly used. However, when this medication is taken within a certified medication-assisted treatment program, licensed and skilled professionals monitor each patient’s use of this medication so that it is not taken outside of a doctor’s recommendations. In addition, all medication-assisted treatment programs require patients to return to the center daily to obtain their dosages of methadone, making it highly unlikely for it to be abused.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

If an individual is asked to complete a drug test while on methadone, he or she will not yield a positive result, as most commonly used drug panels do not detect methadone. However, if an individual is abusing other opioids, his or her use will be detected.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time that an individual remains on methadone is solely based on his or her treatment needs. Some individuals remain on methadone for longer periods of time than others.

If you or someone you care for is looking into medication-assisted treatment that includes the use of methadone, it is important to speak with a provider about the length of time that you or your loved one might remain on this medication.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

If an individual is consuming any prescription medications for mental health purposes or medical reasons, it is imperative that he or she let his or her provider know before starting on methadone. This medication can lead to unfavorable interactions, which is why it is important to speak with a provider to help preserve the safety and effectiveness of both the methadone and the other prescription(s) or over-the-counter medication(s) being consumed. In addition, while using methadone, it is important to abstain from other drug or opioid use, as well as alcohol use.

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

Some individuals take methadone for years at a time, however not every person has to stay on it for that long. Since individuals can go through withdrawal if his or her methadone use is stopped suddenly, it is important that he or she work with his or her provider to slowly taper off of this medication. In addition, if an individual wants to start taking another medication in place of methadone, his or her provider can help him or her decide if this is the best choice.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment supplied at North Florida Comprehensive Treatment Center is individualized to meet the unique needs of each patient who is obtaining our services. Therefore, the cost of treatment will vary from patient to patient. The medication obtained, the services provided, and the method of payment will all factor in to an individual’s cost of care.

If you or someone you love wants to learn more about the cost of treatment at North Florida Comprehensive Treatment Center, please reach out to one of our intake experts right now.