Methadone

Methadone use in this country is on the rise.  This is mostly due to it's increased availablility and methadone clinics.  Methadone lasts longer than other opiates, causing a delay in withdrawal symptoms.  The initial symptoms of withdrawal can be delayed 48-72 hours.   The withdrawal symptoms are very similar to other opiates but have a tendancy to be more severe. The severity is again dependent upon dosing and length of use.

 

Common withdrawal symptoms include:

 

  • Agitation

  • Anxiety

  • Muscle aches

  • Increased tearing

  • Insomnia

  • Runny nose

  • Sweating

  • Fatigue

  • Diarrhea

  • Dilated pupils

  • Chills

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Emotional irritability