Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

When taken as prescribed, methadone provides relief from the painful symptoms that often accompany withdrawal from opioids while also eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. Methadone is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid addiction when taken as directed within a licensed treatment center. The use of this medication will not cause patients to experience cognitive impairments, which allows individuals to productively play a role in daily activities in an uninterrupted manner.

Individuals who would like to incorporate methadone into their treatment plan should first discuss its use with their treatment provider. Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide patients with the ability to utilize several prescription medications within treatment, which is why finding the appropriate fit based upon the unique requirements of each individual patient is critical for their safety and treatment progress.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is potential for abuse and addiction. However, when taken as prescribed and under the close supervision of trained medical professionals, the risk for addiction to methadone is extremely low. Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers closely monitor patients to ensure their safety throughout the course of treatment, which minimizes the risk of medication abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Should an individual be required to complete a drug screen while on methadone, he or she will not test positive as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of methadone within a person’s system. Patients should not consume opioids or other illegal substances while in treatment as these substances will show up on a standard drug screen.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time that a patient will remain on methadone will be dependent upon his or her unique treatment needs. While some individuals only utilize methadone for a short period of time, others may continue using it long-term. Patients should work closely with their treatment teams in order to determine the length of time that methadone will most positively benefit them for.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Individuals who combine methadone with other medications and substances place themselves at an increased risk for experiencing dangerous side effects. Patients who are interested in using methadone should first consult with their physician and notify him or her of any medications, prescriptions, and/or substances that they are taking prior to incorporating the use of methadone into their treatment. Patients who are prescribed methadone should refrain from using opioids and/or alcohol during the course of treatment due to the dangerous interactions that can occur.

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

Individuals who no longer wish to remain on methadone should work closely with their treatment providers in order to safely wean off of their medication. Withdrawal symptoms can occur should an individual abruptly cease use of methadone, which can result in addiction complications. Once methadone is no longer in the person’s system, patients can then transition onto a different medication or remain substance-free without the assistance of a prescription.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment available through Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly customized to meet the unique treatment goals and requirements of each individual patient. The medications prescribed and the therapeutic services that are utilized can all impact the final cost of care.

To learn more about the final cost of care based upon your treatment goals and individual requirements, please contact a member of our intake team today. At Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we are here to provide you with the education, tools, and support that are required in order to help you successfully progress towards a substance-free future.