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Methadone hydrochloride (Diskets®, Dolophine®, Methadose®) is a prescription drug licensed for several uses, such as treating moderate-to-severe pain, detoxifying someone from heroin addiction, and helping people stay clean from heroine or other morphine-like drugs. However, because not everyone can take this medication, review the prescribing information on methadone before starting treatment.
For example, you may not be able to take methadone if you have certain medical conditions, such as any sort of lung disease, an electrolyte imbalance, or an irregular heart rhythm. Also, you may not be able to safely use it if you are currently taking certain medications, including some vitamins, herbal supplements, and nonprescription medicines.
Although most people do not experience problems with methadone, side effects are possible. Some of the common ones include drowsiness, nausea, and dizziness. The drug comes in several forms, including tablets, oral dispersible tablets, an oral solution (liquid), or injections. It is usually taken one to three times daily.
If you have more questions on methadone after reading this and other eMedTV articles, your pharmacist or healthcare provider can provide additional information that pertains to your specific situation.
(Click Methadone for a more in-depth look at important information on methadone, a medication used for treating pain and certain types of addiction. This article discusses how the drug works, lists possible side effects, and offers some general tips on when and how to take it.)
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