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As a narcotic, opioid medication, methadone binds to opioid receptors in the body and produces several different effects. For example, methadone can help reduce cravings for other opioids, reduce withdrawal symptoms from opioids, and reduce the sedation effects of other opioids. Although most people tolerate this medication well, side effects of methadone are possible, such as nausea, dizziness, and sweating.
Medical Effects of MethadoneMethadone hydrochloride (Diskets®, Dolophine®, Methadose®) is a narcotic, opioid medication. It is used to treat addiction to heroin or other opioids and to treat pain. It binds to opioid receptors throughout the body and produces numerous different effects. In addition to relieving pain, methadone effects include:
- Reduced cravings for other opioids
- Relief and prevention of opioid withdrawal symptoms
- Reduced euphoria and sedation seen with other opioids
- Greater stability (fewer highs and lows), compared with other opioids, due to slow elimination of methadone from the body.