Drinking While Methadone: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally drink alcohol while on methadone, you may experience serious and potentially life-threatening effects, such as respiratory depression, low blood pressure, coma, and overdose.

Methadone is a prescription medication that helps reduce the pain of opioid withdrawal.

It acts on the same parts of the brain as other opioids, without causing the high.

Methadone is used in the treatment of heroin addiction or addiction to other opioids, and it is also used as a pain reliever.

Methadone is a long-acting opioid that can last for up to 36 hours in the body.

If you accidentally drink alcohol while on methadone, you may experience serious and potentially life-threatening effects.

This is because alcohol and methadone are both central nervous system depressants, which means they slow down your breathing, heart rate, and brain activity.

When you mix them, you increase the risk of respiratory depression, low blood pressure, coma, and overdose.

Alcohol can also interfere with the effectiveness of methadone, making it less able to prevent withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

This can lead to relapse or increased methadone use, which can also increase the risk of overdose.

It is quite common to drink alcohol while on methadone, especially if you have a history of alcohol addiction or abuse.

Many people who use methadone for opioid addiction also have a co-occurring alcohol addiction, which can make it harder to recover from both substances.

You can prevent or reduce the harm of drinking alcohol while on methadone by seeking professional help for both addictions.

There are treatment programs that can address both methadone and alcohol use, and provide you with counseling, medication, and support.

You can also talk to your doctor about adjusting your methadone dose or switching to a different medication if you have trouble staying away from alcohol.

To avoid accidental drinking while on methadone, you should avoid places and situations where alcohol is available or expected.

You should also inform your family and friends about your methadone treatment and ask them to support your recovery.

You should also keep your methadone and alcohol in separate and secure places, and never share or mix them with anyone else.

Finally, remember, methadone and alcohol are both dangerous substances that can have serious consequences when used together.

If you are on methadone, you should avoid alcohol at all costs and seek help if you have a problem with either substance.

Mixing methadone and alcohol can lead to overdose, coma, and death.

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Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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