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Long term effects of methadone on the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

Long term effects of methadone on the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Methadone abuse has adverse effects on the brain

Methadone is a useful medication when prescribed to people detoxing and recovering from opioid drug addiction and helps lower the harmful and risky consequences. However, due to it’s price and easy availability, methadone is also a common drug of abuse for many people who have not been prescribed or need it for therapeutic reasons.

What are methadone’s effects on the brain?

Methadone in most people produces feelings of sedation and contentment as a result of its action on the opioid receptors of the brain. When methadone is abused, one of the main reason for the abuse are the feelings of high and lethargy. However, in those who abuse methadone continuously for a longer period of time, more serious side effects can be observed. Those adverse effects include:

  • confusion
  • depression
  • disorientation
  • hallucinations
  • mania
  • mental clouding
  • mood changes
  • restlessness
  • sleep problems

Methadone dependence and addiction

Methadone is an extremely physically addictive drug, and the risk of addiction is higher when it is not used under the supervision of a doctor or addiction treatment provider. Dependence to methadone is developed in both, therapeutic users and abusers. It is simply the result of our organism getting adapted to the presence of the medication, so when doses are lowered or abruptly stopped, withdrawal symptoms occur.

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One Response to “Long term effects of methadone on the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)
Lisa
10:00 pm July 29th, 2016

I been on meth for 25 years . i stopped using all drugs. My urines been clean for years. Im on 160 mg. Of meth. I know its a high dose. Ive been afraid the meth has done something to.my brain at that high dose but being the addict that i am. I dont want to get off cause i. Think of the meth as my drug. I been reading about meth and what it does to your body. I wish there was a. Way to get off of it with out any withdraw.

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