Methadone and Alcohol
Methadone is the generic name for this drug which is sold under the brand names Diskets, Dolophine and Methadose belongs to the family of drugs known as narcotic pain relievers and is used to reduce withdrawal symptoms for those addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs. It reduces the high of narcotics and the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms.
It is suggested that you do not drink alcohol while using Methadone, as the side effects will be greatly enhanced, not even moderate drinking.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, a personal or family history of Long QT Syndrome, asthma, COPD, sleep problems, breathing disorders, liver or kidney disease, underactive thyroid, curvature of the spine, history of head injury or brain tumour, seizures, low blood pressure, gallbladder disease, Addison’s disease, adrenal gland disorders, enlarged prostate, urination problems, mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction.
Less serious side effects are shallow breathing, hallucinations, confusion, chest pain, dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeat, trouble breathing, lightheaded or faint. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat, shallow breathing, hallucinations, confusion, chest pain, dizziness, faint, fast or pounding heartbeat, trouble breathing, lightheaded or faint. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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