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Withdrawal describes a series of symptoms that may occur when a drug on which a user is physically dependent is stopped or significantly reduced. The symptoms vary depending on a range of factors and tend to be opposite to the effects produced by the drug.

It is important that a person speak to their prescriber about the process and any questions they have. The amount of time it takes to withdraw off methodone depends on many things, such as the person, what dose they are starting from, urgency about coming off and also what supports a person has in place. Methadone withdrawal tends to require about 3 weeks, with the peak of the withdrawal occurring about a week after last dose.

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