Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.
The aim of Methadone
therapy is to reduce severe withdrawal due to hard opiate
drugs, to reduce harm due to street drugs and unsafe drug intake practices, and to decrease craving and the chance of relapse. However, if taken for prolonged periods
of time and in high doses, then there is a chance of developing dependence on methadone and subsequently having withdrawal symptoms
when it is stopped.
It is not advisable to suddenly stop Methadone on your own because of the risk of withdrawal symptoms and the risk of relapse. I would suggest that you discuss with your doctor about a gradual tapering schedule for the Methadone, so that the above mentioned problems can be avoided.
Wish you all the best.
Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar