At Toronto Addiction Treatment Clinics in the GTA, we provide methadone treatment program to help you or your loved one to be free from addiction. The most common side effects of methadone include constipation and sweating. Although these can be unpleasant, they can also be managed by your doctor. The other less common side effects are explained by our pharmacists at the beginning of the methadone treatment program.
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Generally, it is a common concern that methadone will result in weight gain. Any increase in weight is not caused by methadone itself but by returning to normal health and an increase in appetite. Healthy bodyweight can be maintained through a proper diet plan and physical activity. A common myth is that methadone will damage your teeth.
One side effect of methadone is dry or cottonmouth. Dry mouth can lead to cavities, gum disease, and plaque buildup. Any tooth problems can easily be prevented by maintaining good oral hygiene, rinsing your mouth with water after taking your methadone dose, and regular visits to your dentist.
When patients first start the methadone drug treatment, they should visit the pharmacy on a daily basis. As they show that they are no longer using unauthorized drugs (heroin, xycodone, opium, opiates etc.) and are socially stable, they are provided with take-home methadone doses or carries. As per guidelines by College of Physicians and Surgeons of the GTA, the first carry begins after being stable both clinically and socially for two months. One additional carry per week is provided after every month of being stable free of drugs of abuse.
Our methadone treatment program can help individuals free from addiction if they are looking to stop using:
We also provide maintenance therapy to allow patients to stabilize their use of drugs with the help of their physician. The benefits of our addictive treatment program are:
If an individual has been a long time user of methadone and wish to stop, our physicians can help.