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Side effects of Methadone detoxification

2/01/2016 Dhanur Chauhan 0 Comments

Methadone detox is a difficult but not impossible process. Some substances require that the user undergo medical detoxification. It is performed under the supervision of a professionally qualified physician.

Often the prolonged use of the substances causes physical and psychological dependency and stopping the medication may result in withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are many and often complicated. The detoxification is designed to treat such bodily effects on stoppage and to remove the toxins left in the body as a result of the substance consumption.

Methadone is often used as an acceptable form of opiate detoxification. It is medically approved and usually tapers the patient from the regular dose to zero in about 21 days.

Use of Methadone detox produces side effects of which a normal individual may not be aware. Higher doses of methadone addiction can cause sudden cardiac arrest. Those with methadone addiction receive hundreds of milligrams of high dose methadone.

Side effects of methadone usage are decrease in cerebral blood flow and electricity. Over time there is decreased brain function and patients do not realize their loss due to the gradual and slow decline. Other side effects include suppression of the functions of the pituitary gland. It is a type of endocrine gland and is located in the brain. It job is to push the functions of other glands such as the thyroid, adrenal glands, ovaries and testicles.

Methadone treatment is used to get the user off some other drug. But it is not very effective as it results in dependency. There are several methods of methadone detoxification. Users are advised to consult the program specialist and decide which method would work best for him. Especially since methadone is known to have side effects that are particularly damaging.

Higher doses of Methadone treatment cause severe depression of the brain’s hypothalamus and pituitary glands.  A study revealed that Methadone treatment can cause side effects that affect many normal bodily functions such as these:

Other than decline in cognitive abilities and effects on the pituitary glands mentioned above, it causes hypothyroidism.

More often women are known to suffer from hypothyroidism. It causes depression, fatigue, memory loss, weight gain, cold intolerance, dry skin, high cholesterol and many other such effects including increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Methadone also causes estrogen deficiency. This deficiency is known to be related to depression, decreased pain tolerance, memory loss, hot flashes, increased risk of heart disease and insomnia. Other effects include increased blood pressure and blood clotting.

Hormonal deficiencies result from progesterone deficiency. And these deficiencies cause other disorders namely, anxiety, insomnia, bodily pain, heavy menstrual bleeding accompanied by pain, migraine and others.

We know that testosterone deficiency causes deficiencies in the body resulting in reduced bone density, muscle mass, libido, T-cell (fighter cell) activity, low memory recall and severe depression

Additionally, men above 50 are also under the risk of heart attack and death.

Lastly, Methadone use causes adrenal gland suppression which results in deficiency of chemicals such as Epinephrine, Norepinephrine, Dopamine and Cortisol.

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