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what is methadone - April 28th 2009, 09:03 PM

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Re: what is methadone - April 28th 2009, 09:08 PM

Methadone is a substance used to treat the addictions of the drug heroin.


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Re: what is methadone - April 28th 2009, 09:12 PM

Methadone is given to someone withdrawing from heroin. It is legal when prescribed and supervised by a medical professional. And is only used for those going through withdraw of heroin or other opiates. For more information check out Drugs.com.




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Re: what is methadone - April 28th 2009, 09:14 PM

Methadone is also, sometimes, used to help treat the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome. I know people who take a very small dose, 5mg, 2 hours before bed, and it relieves the symptoms of RLS.


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Re: what is methadone - April 28th 2009, 09:14 PM

what if somene that was not on herion took one
   
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Re: what is methadone - April 28th 2009, 09:25 PM

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Taking methadone improperly will increase your risk of serious side effects or death. Even if you have used other narcotic medications, you may still have serious side effects from methadone. Follow all dosing instructions carefully. Methadone may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Methadone should never be given to another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.




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Re: what is methadone - April 28th 2009, 09:26 PM

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For more than 30 years this synthetic narcotic has been used to treat opioid addiction. Heroin releases an excess of dopamine in the body and causes users to need an opiate continuously occupying the opioid receptor in the brain. Methadone occupies this receptor and is the stabilizing factor that permits addicts on methadone to change their behavior and to discontinue heroin use.
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It also reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the "high" associated with the drug addiction.
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Taking methadone improperly will increase your risk of serious side effects or death.
While methadone is relatively safe if properly used by someone going through heroin withdrawal, it can have deadly consequences if abused. Additionally, methadone doesn't produce the same euphoric effects that other opiates do.

Here is a list of methadone side effects:

drowsiness
weakness
headache
nausea
vomiting
constipation
loss of appetite
weight gain
stomach pain
dry mouth
sweating
flushing
difficulty urinating
swelling of the hands, arms, feet, and legs
mood changes
vision problems
difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
decreased sexual desire or ability
missed menstrual periods
serious side effects:
seizures
itching
hives
rash

Notice that unlike heroin, methadone's side effects don't include a euphoric rush. I hope this information has answered some of your questions. Take care and stay safe.

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http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/...one/index.html
http://www.drugs.com/methadone.html
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/d...s/a682134.html
http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/hero...n_basics.shtml



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Re: what is methadone - April 28th 2009, 09:27 PM

ok thanks.. cuz someone i know said they were gunna try one and i ddnt know like how bad it was if you just took one
   
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Re: what is methadone - April 28th 2009, 09:31 PM

Hey,

It is not a good idea in any means of the imagination. Especially combined with other drugs methadone can be very dangerous. I personally have had someone I care about die due to a lethal combination of methadone and alcohol. I would persistently try to convince your friend against it. Not only is it dangerous but it is also just not worth it. It might be a good strategy to provide them with some of the information we've shown you. Good luck in trying to convince your friend not to try this. Take care and best wishes.

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Re: what is methadone - April 28th 2009, 09:34 PM

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Re: what is methadone - April 29th 2009, 12:52 AM

Methadone is an amazing drug, but only for addicts who have high tolerances. It isn't something that will give anyone a great high. I know personally that for heroin addicts it gives relief from withdrawal for an entire day. This is because methadone is a powerful drug even at minor doses. Someone without a tolerance to this type of drug is at risk to an overdose without even realizing it. Because she as next to no tolerance, an overdose is very easy to have with methadone. I highly recommend your friend NOT to do it.
   
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Re: what is methadone - April 29th 2009, 02:55 AM

i told her this stuff that everyone has postedd but im not surre if she listened she siad she would just cut it in half so it wasnt as much dosage.. but i dont think that would help would it? ill keep trying to talk her outta it
   
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Re: what is methadone - April 29th 2009, 03:41 AM

truth is, if she has already bought it and if she is used to doing drugs anyway, she is probably going to do it anyway. Just make sure you talk to her some, or see if she will do it in your presence.
   
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Re: what is methadone - April 29th 2009, 10:36 AM

ok thank you!
   
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