Category: Methadone

Tolerance and the Dangers of Self Tapering

Recently I heard a few patients tell me that they have been self tapering their Methadone dose.  They had been doing this by throwing out a small amount, each day, from their carries in an attempt to decrease the amount they are taking.  I feel that this is so dangerous that I wanted to let …

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Discontinuing Methadone While Still Occasionally using Cocaine

I have a number of patients who are still using cocaine, but are otherwise doing very well in the methadone program. Many of them do not consider the cocaine use to be of any concern, because they ‘only use it once a week,’ or ‘once in a while.’ Even though you may feel that occasional …

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Methadone and Codeine

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are medications that you can buy from a pharmacist without a prescription. Patients often complain that OTC drugs should not be restricted during the Methadone Maintenance Treatment program because they are available without a prescription. I will discuss the reasons you should not use OTCs drugs that contain Codeine. Codeine is a …

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Opiates and Constipation

A common side effect of methadone, as well as other opiates, is constipation. People generally do not like to discuss this, but they really should. Constipation can result in abdominal pain. This can worsen the discomfort that you may go through during withdrawals, adding to the misery of addiction. There are many causes of constipation. …

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Free Dental Clinics

Many people complain of problems with their teeth while in the methadone program. There are many rumors that claim that methadone ‘rots your teeth’. However, it is more likely related to the fact that Methadone causes dry mouth and sugar cravings. Put these two items together, and many people end up sipping on pop or …

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