Using Methadone May Cause Hormonal Imbalance

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Methadone is a medication largely used for patients dealing with opiate dependency. The most common type of opiate is heroin.

Other drugs that are opiates are Vicodin and Oxycodin that are typically prescribed for extreme pain.

Methadone acts by mimicking some of the body’s naturally occurring chemicals such as endorphins. Endorphins, in turn, are created mostly in the pituitary gland and is responsible for the body’s reaction to excitement.

FYI: Methadone and Methamphetamines (Meth, crystal meth) are NOT the same!!

“Excitement” can be exercise, eustress (positive stress), laughter, suspense, happiness, and general feel-goodness.

However; endorphins are responsible for bad stress and suspense feelings from worry, anxiety and fear too.

Hormones play a big role with emotions as we all know because they send “signals” to other parts of the body. The “signals” could be anything from body development (muscles, breast, hips, excessive body hair), mental attitude, and breaking down substances in body through metabolism.

Since methadone mimics endorphins, it is possible that it can work in reverse when taken as a treatment regimen to opiate dependency.

It is also possible that methadone, because of the possibility of unbalancing the very hormones its supposed to be assisting in balancing, opiate dependent individual could very well slip back into withdraw because of methadone.

The National Institute of Health website explains how opiate dependent patients taking methadone must be enrolled in a treatment program. This is likely because of the fact that methadone, while effective, can very easily induce a patient from slipping into withdrawal.

So methadone is effective for those dealing with the horrible effects of opiate abuse but it can be just has bad concerning the reversal of the symptoms it should have been treating the whole time.

Hormonal imbalance should be the least of the worries!

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