Withdrawing From Methadone: An Overview
) is commonly prescribed for pain relief and addiction treatment. It is a narcotic opioid and may cause withdrawal symptoms if it is stopped too abruptly. While methadone withdrawal can be quite unpleasant, it does not usually cause life-threatening symptoms (unlike withdrawal from alcohol or some other medications).
Symptoms of Methadone Withdrawal
Signs of withdrawal from methadone can vary in intensity and may include:
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Sweating and chills
- Muscle pain
- Dilated (wide open) pupils
- Joint pain
- Abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)
- High blood pressure
- Rapid breathing
- Rapid heart rate.