High Dose Methadone Detox

For decades methadone has been used as a pain reliever, but also as a method of treatment to help individuals addicted to heroin and prescription opioids such as Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin.

female therapist takes notes while talking to female patient in a high dose methadone detox centerWhen used in detox, methadone works as an opioid agonist, blocking and preventing other opioids from activating the receptors in the brain and central nervous system. It is not uncommon to begin methadone maintenance at a very low dose, for example, 5 or 10 mg per day, and then to be increased to 100 mg or higher over time.

The intent was that methadone was supposed to help the individual gradually slow their other drug use until they were no longer taking anything but the Methadone. Then, the individual would gradually slow their methadone use until they were no longer using any substances and be drug-free. However, it can be difficult to stop using methadone, due to withdrawal symptoms. Gallus Detox Centers is one of the few facilities that can successfully treat high dose methadone use (greater than 40mg per day).

Methadone is an opiate narcotic and similar in nature to morphine, which means that it has the same qualities as other opiates. What’s more, methadone can stay active in the body for up to 60 hours, which makes it potentially dangerous for overdose.

High Dose Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms

Trying to stop high dose methadone can be difficult, but it is not impossible. It is important to discuss your desire to stop taking high dose methadone with your doctor before you start making changes to your methadone maintenance regimen. Some people attempt quitting high dose methadone use using the cold turkey method, but the withdrawal symptoms are too much and they often return to it. Tapering off high dose methadone can be extremely difficult for most individuals. Most patients experience some initial success during the initial part of their taper but find the process too difficult only to resume their original dose.

High dose Methadone withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Constipation
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations/paranoia
  • Anxiety, feeling of impending doom
  • Suicide

Stopping High Dose Methadone

High dose methadone use can result in tolerance to the drug and dependence upon it. Tolerance occurs because the body becomes used to the medication. As tolerance builds, it will require more of the drug in order to achieve the same desired effect.

Along with the development of tolerance is a dependency. Dependency on high dose methadone occurs over time. When you cannot function or stop taking the drug on your own, you have developed a dependency on methadone. For most people, the best solution to quitting high dose Methadone is to seek the assistance of a professional medical detox treatment.

High Dose Methadone and Medical Detox

It is important to know that there are options for stopping taking methadone.

Outpatient High Dose Methadone Detox

One solution is to take another type of medication used in outpatient medical detox facilities such as Suboxone or Subutex. Like methadone, both Subutex and Suboxone are opiate replacement drugs.

Inpatient Hospital Detox for High Dose Methadone

Another option is inpatient medical detox treatment that is offered through a hospital. Still, there are some drawbacks including the method used throughout the procedure. For example, most traditional medical detox treatments rely on oral medications that take a long time for the body to breakdown and assimilate. The problem is that while the body is utilizing the medication, withdrawal symptoms are not controlled which means that the individual will have to endure withdrawal.

What’s more, most medical detox facilities will not take patients with high dose methadone use. They consider anything over 40 mg as high dose.

Private High Dose Methadone Detox Treatment

Gallus Detox Center is a private inpatient medical detox facility and can help you overcome high dose methadone use. The difference is the Gallus Method, which uses IV therapy throughout the detox process.

Unlike oral medications that take time to become effective, IV therapy is immediate because the medication goes directly into the bloodstream. Another consideration is that as the withdrawal symptoms change and detox progresses, the medication protocol can be changed. This keeps the patient comfortable and allows them to successfully complete the detox.

Call Gallus Detox Center today at 888.228.9114 to find out how IV therapy can help you overcome high dose methadone use.