“Opioid addiction is an ugly beast. Addicts will go to great lengths in search of the blissful release of dopamine. With access to prescription drugs like fentanyl (which is 100 times more potent than morphine), overdoses are becoming depressingly common. And getting off opioids is no cake walk.
Physically, opioid withdrawal symptoms are among the hardest to endure of all drug classes. There’s the vomiting and diarrhea, whole-body muscle pain, racing heart, tremors, anxiety — all together it can make someone feel like they are going to die. Fortunately, drugs like methadone are tailor-made to bypass some of the worst parts of opioid withdrawal and allow addicts to break their chemical dependency.
But people living with HIV who take methadone to reduce heroin or morphine withdrawals (or for pain — as it is sometimes prescribed) may discover an unexpected bonus: lower viral loads.”
Source: HIVPlusMag.com – December 26, 2018