Will Cranberry Juice Increase The Effects Of Methadone?


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James Parnell Profile
James Parnell answered
No, drinking cranberry juice after you have taken methadone will not increase the effect of the drug whatsoever.

Whilst we're on the subject of cranberry juice, I thought I might as well put another internet rumour to bed - cranberry juice will not help to cleanse your system of methadone (or any other drug) after you have used it either.

Methadone and cranberry juice
  • Methadone is  most commonly-used as a cure for dependence or addiction to opioids like heroin.
  • Methadone is a form of medicine known as an opioid. It works by imitating the movement of endorphins - which are pain-reducing chemicals that occur naturally in the human body. These are found inside the spinal cord and brain, and diminish pain by merging with the receptors of opioids.
  • Opioids also produce hallucinations and feelings of elation or ecstasy. Both can be addictive and it's possible that those who take them for a long time could become dependent on them.
  • Methadone stops the occurrence of withdrawal symptoms by working on similar opioid receptors and acting just like other opioids. In time, the amount of prescribed methadone is slowly decreased until it can be completely stopped by the patient.
  • Methadone does not create the same sense of elation or ecstasy as heroin. This is the reason why it is easier to slowly decrease the dose of methadone. It is also prescribed to patients to relieve minor to acute pain.
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suzi katz answered
Sorry, but no. I have been on a methadone clinic for a year and a half, and no.

Cranberry juice does not go into your blood stream, where the methadone is.

The only thing that increases methadone is benzos, like Kolonopin, Xanax, or Valium.

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