Can Kratom Help With Withdrawal From Methadone?

0

Kratom has been the strategy so far that has helped millions with Methadone withdrawal. You read it right. If you are an Opiate addict and you take methadone for it, you may end up getting addicted to Methadone because after all, it is also a narcotic substance.

So, yes you can make Kratom for methadone withdrawal and get rid of Opiate addiction for once and all. Continue reading the article to understand the working of Kratom, the dosage of Kratom for methadone withdrawal.

What is Kratom?

Kratom is generically called Mitragyna Speciosa. It is a plant that is grown in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, and Bhutan. This plant grows in hot and humid temperature. The leaves of kratom are used as an herbal supplement.

The leaves come in three varieties; red, green and white. These leaves contain alkaloids more than forty in number. The primary ones are 7-hydroxymitragynine and Mitragynine. These alkaloids act as agonists on the Opiate receptors present in the brain.

This action produces effects like stimulation, analgesia, sedation, euphoria, relaxation, and calmness.

As Kratom acts on the Opiate receptors, it is known for easing the symptoms of Opiate withdrawal which also includes Methadone Withdrawal. Different varieties of Kratom can help in reduction of the Opiate withdrawal symptoms.

What is methadone?

methadoneMethadone is an Opioid medication that is being used to treat Opiate addiction. It doesn’t cause the high as other Opiates produce.

It eases the withdrawal symptoms by relieving pain. It is a habit-forming medication even at regular doses, and it has caused some problems in Opiate addicts. It creates the slowing down of breathing or may also stop it.

If used in large amounts, it may even be fatal. Methadone causes dependence and tolerance.

Thus for discontinuation, it should be tapered slowly. Overdosage of Methadone cause bradycardia, slowing of respiration, drowsiness, cold and clammy skin, muscle weakness, pinpoint pupils and fainting.

Methadone can impair your thinking, and thus it shouldn’t be taken with alcohol, while driving or while handling machinery. Side effects of methadone include; allergic reactions.

How can Kratom help with withdrawal from methadone?

Kratom and Methadone both act on the same receptors, i.e., Opiate receptors. Kratom reduces cravings for Methadone by binding to the Opiate receptors and eliciting similar actions but without producing significant addiction or tolerance.

Kratom reduces pain and similarly provides euphoria to Methadone. Kratom is also responsible for delivering calmness and relaxation.

This alleviates the restlessness and irritability associated with methadone withdrawal. It also helps in elevation of mood thus the mood swings and depression associated with Methadone withdrawal is alleviated.

Kratom is known to cause stimulation. Thus Methadone withdrawal patients do not feel fatigued and lethargic after taking Kratom.

The general body ache and headache that comes with Methadone withdrawal is alleviated by the action of Kratom on the pain pathways and the induction of release of enkephalins, endorphins, and dynorphins.

Patients with methadone withdrawal feel nauseated and often vomit; the consumption of Kratom can decrease this.

What are user reviews about using Kratom for Methadone withdrawal?

According to a narrative by a patient of Methadone withdrawal, Kratom has helped him to a considerable extent in the withdrawal phase.

He took Kratom in the form of tincture which he made at home. His single dosage contained 7 grams of Kratom powder. Within 15 minutes of consumption of Kratom, he felt his anxiety reducing.

His nausea decreased and though he thought it was a placebo effect, to his surprise the symptoms of restless leg syndrome dissipated too.

He felt high and happy. His stress reduced to the point that he could no more feel it. Slowly and gradually he started feeling energetic, and he did all the household chores.

He felt the music which he turned on was enjoyable. He felt relaxed and content with no symptoms of Methadone withdrawal. Later at night, he could sleep comfortably without having nightmares and sweating.

According to him, Kratom is an effective strategy and substance to be used for any Opiate withdrawal including Methadone withdrawal.

What is the dosage of Kratom for Methadone withdrawal?

dosage of KratomMethadone withdrawal symptoms last for up to 3-5 days. During this period if you continue to use Kratom you will feel better. In some patients, the withdrawal symptoms may last up to 2-3 weeks.

Depending on the type of Kratom strain, the dosage can vary. The dosage of Kratom also varies from person to person and the anatomy and physiology of the person.

The recommended dosage is as follows;

  • For beginners, the dosage is 2-4 grams of Kratom every 4-5 hours. Wait for 15-30 minutes for the effects to appear. If you don’t feel any effects take 1gram of Kratom and then wait for effects.
  • You can increase the dosage to 5-7 grams if you have been taking Kratom previously or if you have severe Methadone withdrawal symptoms.

How shall I take Kratom for methadone withdrawal?

Kratom teaKratom can be taken in some ways for Methadone withdrawal. The most common methods are the toss and wash technique and making the Kratom tea.

The toss and wash method is easiest provided you can tolerate the unpleasant taste of Kratom. You can take Kratom with juices or beverages.

Kratom tea is also a good option. You can add honey or sugar to the tea to mask the bitter taste of Kratom.

Other than this you can take Kratom in the form of capsules and tablets. You can even make extracts and tinctures which alleviate withdrawal symptoms very quickly.

What are the best strains of Kratom for Methadone withdrawal?

strains of KratomThe strains of Kratom which are most helpful for Methadone withdrawal include Maeng Da, Red Bali; Red-veined Borneo, Green Malay, Green Veined Borneo and Thai Kratom.

Red Vein strains are known to have maximum efficacy in treating withdrawal symptoms.

  • Red vein kratom act as an anxiolytic and it also induces sleep thus relieving insomnia. It reduced pain and elevates mood. It also acts as a muscle relaxant.
  • Green vein Kratom helps with the symptoms of Methadone withdrawal. It acts as a stimulant, but it has more sedative effect thus it relieves insomnia.
  • White vein kratom has high stimulatory and sedative effects. This strain causes arousal and promotes motivation, enhances confidence levels and increases alertness.

Are there any side effects of using Kratom?

Kratom has very low potential for producing dependence and alertness. No research article points any fatal or toxic effects of Kratom.

Kratom is a very safe herb that can be used to treat Opiate withdrawal. It eases the symptoms of withdrawal.

Kratom for Methadone withdrawal-The bottom line

Kratom is a very strong option for treating Methadone as stated above. User experiences with Kratom for Methadone withdrawal have been fantastic.

It is the substance of choice as it has very modest abstinence symptoms and it doesn’t have serious side effects.

Most of all it is cheap and readily available. So, if you are going through Methadone withdrawal, we suggest that you try Kratom.

See References:
  • Boyer E, Babu K, Macalino G, Compton W. Self-treatment of opioid withdrawal with a dietary supplement, Kratom. Am J Addict. 2007;16:352–6. [PubMed]
  • Thongpradichote S, Matsumoto K, Tohda M, Takayama H, Aimi N, Saiki S, et al. Identification of opioid receptor subtypes in antinociceptive actions of supraspinally-administrated Mitragynine in mice. Life Sci. 1998;62:1371–8. [PubMed]
  • Yamamoto L, Horie S, Takayama H, Aimi N, Sakai S. Opioid receptor agonistic characteristics of mitragynine pseudoindoxyl in comparison with mitragynine derived from Thai medicine plant Mytragyna speciosa. Gen Pharmacol. 1999;33:73–81. [PubMed]
  • Takayama H, Ishikawa H, Kurihara M, Kitajima M, Aimi N, Ponglux D. Studies on the synthesis and opioid agonistic activities of mitragynine-related indole alkaloids: discovery of opioid agonists structurally different from other opioid ligands. J Med Chem. 2002;45:1949–56. [PubMed]
  • Fishbain D, Rosomoff H. Drug abuse, dependence, and addiction in chronic pain patients. Clin J Pain. 1992;8:77–85. [PubMed]
  • Wills B, Erickson T. Drug- and toxin-associated seizures. Med Clin North Am. 2005;89:1297–321.[PubMed]
  • Matsumoto K, Mizowaki M, Suchitra T, Murakami Y, Takayama H, Sakai S. Central antinociceptive effects of mitragynine in mice: contributions from noradrenergic and serotonergic systems. Eur J Pharmacol. 1996;317:75–81. [PubMed]
  • Eisenberg DM, Kessler RC, Foster C, Norlock FE, Calkins DR, Delbanco TL. Unconventional medicine in the United States. Prevalence, costs, and patterns of use. N Engl J Med. 1993;328:246–52. [PubMed]
  • Narita M, Funada M, Suzuki T. Regulations of opioid dependence by opioid receptor types. Pharmacol Ther. 2001;89:1–15. [PubMed]
  • Joranson D, Gilson A, Dahl J, Haddox J. Pain management, controlled substances, and state medical board policy: a decade of change. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2002;23:138–47. [PubMed]
  • Eisenberg DM, Davis RB, Ettner SL, Appel S, Wilkey S, Van Rompay M, et al. Trends in alternative medicine use in the United States, 1990–1997: results of a follow-up national survey. JAMA. 1998;280:1569–75. [PubMed]
  • Cinosi E, Simonato P, Singh D, Bersani FS, Piazzon G, Lupi M, Marini S, Kapitány-Fövény M, Farkas J, Demetrovics Z, Roman-Urrestarazu A. A comprehensive overview on Kratom. European Psychiatry. 2016 Mar 1;33:S354-5.
  • https://redstormscientific.com/best-kratom-strains-for-methadone-withdrawal/
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/kratom/comments/3callj/switched_from_methadone_to_kratom/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3670991/
Can Kratom Help With Withdrawal From Methadone?
Rate this post

SHARE
Previous articleCan Tramadol Help With Opiate Withdrawal?
Next articleUsing Kratom For Suboxone Withdrawal
Jennifer Kurtz studied medicine at the New Jersey School of Medicine (Rutgers). She is passionate about developing her knowledge of Cannabis, Nootropics, Kratom, and nutritional supplements. In addition to attending medical webinars and conferences, she loves to write research-based articles for magazines, healthcare professionals, and medical agencies.