Methadone is a long-acting synthetic opioid medication, commonly used in the treatment of opioid dependence and as a pain reliever for chronic pain. It works by altering the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain, and by diminishing the withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid addiction. Despite its therapeutic use, methadone also carries a risk of addiction and overdose....


Who would benefit from testing methadone?

Testing for methadone is beneficial for individuals in opioid treatment programs to monitor compliance and prevent misuse. It’s also important for pain management patients to ensure proper dosing and avoid potential drug interactions. Additionally, methadone testing is used in workplace drug screenings and in legal contexts, such as driving under the influence cases or probation monitoring.

How long does methadone stay in your system?

Methadone can be detected in the body for a considerable length of time due to its long half-life. It’s typically detectable in urine for 3-12 days, in blood for up to 24-36 hours, in saliva for 1-10 days, and in hair for up to 90 days. These durations can vary based on factors like dosage, frequency of use, and individual metabolism.

How long after use should you take the test?

For most accurate results, GetTested’s methadone test should ideally be taken within 3-12 days after the last use.

What are the signs of methadone overdose?

  • Shallow or labored breathing
  • Extreme drowsiness or sedation
  • Limp body
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Blue lips and fingernails
  • Slow or irregular heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness or coma

Test(s) that measure/test for Methadone

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