Methadone: Sometimes Helpful, Sometimes Harmful
Did you know?
- Methadone was originally called Dolophine. It was created in Germany during WWII as a painkiller substitute because morphine was scarce.
- Liquid and pill form methadone contain different buffers that hold them together, but they are equally effective in combatting addiction.
- Methadone is dangerous when used in conjunction with depressants that affect the central nervous system, especially placidyl, valium, and large amounts of alcohol.
Methadone is a synthetic substance with pharmacological properties similar to morphine and heroin. Like heroin, methadone affects the central nervous system and creates copycat effects, including an overall sense of well-being, drowsiness and euphoria.The long-term intake of methadone can easily lead to addiction and/or dependency. methadone is often prescribed for patients with severe pain after serious injury or major surgery and has recently become popular in the treatment of narcotic addiction.
The effects of methadone can actually last longer than most morphine-based drugs. This extended period (up to 24 hours) allows for administration typically once a day and is of great benefit for heroin detoxification and maintenance situations. Unfortunately, the potential risk is that those who are able to finally get off of heroin can become addicted to methadone. If not properly monitored, different opiate variants that are used to assist in breaking the habit can easily lead to a painful and vicious circle of addiction.
Methadone Testing in the 10-Panel Test
An absorbent collection device is placed in the mouth, and the saliva collected is screened for the drug of abuse. Samples are checked to verify the saliva is human and undiluted. Contact ARCpoint Labs of Irving today to schedule a confidential appointment.
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