Adverse effects of methadone (INFOGRAPHIC)

An infographic explaining the behavioral, physical, psychological, sexual, reproductive and other side effects of methadone abuse.

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Methadone affects the whole organism

The major adverse effect of methadone is respiratory depression and other most commonly observed side effects include lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, nausea, vomiting and sweating. But, methadone also affects how the brain functions, thus changes the way people behave and feel.

Adverse methadone effects on health and life

Through habitual and progressive use, methadone takes a toll on the physical, mental and emotional health, including relationships.

Adverse effects of methadone (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Behavioral effects:

  • loss of enjoyment for the simple things in life
  • indifference towards family, friends and loved ones
  • loss of interest in once enjoyable activities
  • diminished ambitions and professional drive

Physical effects:

  • loss of appetite
  • loss of restful sleep and sleep disturbances
  • impaired libido
  • menstrual cycle changes
  • difficulty in breathing
  • skin turning cold or clammy
  • urinary retention
  • constipation
  • extremely dry mouth
  • headaches
  • blurred vision
  • liver toxicity

Psychological effects:

  • irritability
  • anger
  • self-criticism
  • feelings of sadness and emptiness
  • depressions
  • mood alterations or mood swings
  • confusion
  • restlessness
  • nervousness

Serious adverse effects and questions

In the case of overdose, emergency medical help should be sought immediately. If people who’ve OD-d are left untreated  they can fall in coma, and experience hallucinations that can lead to self harm or physical harming of other people. In the worst case scenario, death is also possible. Please comment below and share your thoughts or questions, and we’ll try to respond personally and promptly.

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About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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