The consequences of Metadate abuse can be dangerous. Taking high doses of a stimulant can result in an irregular heartbeat, dangerously high body temperatures, and/or the potential for cardiovascular failure or seizures. Taking high doses of some stimulants repeatedly over a short period of time can lead to hostility or feelings of paranoia in some individuals.
Metadate should not be mixed with antidepressants or over-the-counter cold medicines containing decongestants without the approval of a healthcare provider. Antidepressants may enhance the effects of Metadate, and taking Metadate with decongestants may cause blood pressure to become dangerously high or lead to irregular heart rhythms.
Your healthcare provider is a great place to start when searching for help for Metadate abuse or addiction. He or she will be able to help you deal with the problem or may suggest other resources for you.
Treatment of an addiction to Metadate is usually based on behavioral therapies that have proven effective for treating cocaine or methamphetamine addiction. At this time, there are no proven medications for the treatment of a Metadate addiction. Antidepressants, however, may be used to manage the symptoms of depression that can accompany early withdrawal from Metadate.
The first step in treating a prescription stimulant addiction, such as Metadate, is often to slowly decrease the drug's dose and attempt to treat withdrawal symptoms (see Methylphenidate Withdrawal). This process of detoxification could then be followed with one of many behavioral therapies.
Contingency management, for example, improves treatment outcomes by enabling patients to earn vouchers for drug-free urine tests; the vouchers can then be exchanged for items that promote healthy living.
Cognitive-behavioral therapies, which teach people skills to recognize risky situations, avoid drug use, and cope more effectively with problems, are proving beneficial as well. Recovery support groups may also be effective in conjunction with a behavioral therapy.