Methadone 40 mg
Methadone hydrochloride (Diskets®, Dolophine®, Methadose®) is a narcotic medication used for relieving moderate-to-severe pain and treating certain types of drug addictions. The amount your healthcare provider prescribes will vary, based on factors such as what methadone is being used, how you respond to it, and other medications you are currently taking.
For example, when using the drug for short-term detoxification from heroin, the dosage should be increased up to 40 mg of methadone per day (usually given as two smaller daily doses) in order to achieve stabilization. This stabilization dose can be continued for two or three days, after which the amount should be gradually reduced in a manner that is slow enough to help limit withdrawal symptoms.
For long-term maintenance treatment, the dosage should be slowly increased until the withdrawal symptoms are prevented for 24 hours at a time, drug cravings are reduced, the euphoric effects of other opioids are reduced or blocked, and the person becomes tolerant to the sedative effects of methadone.
Do not suddenly stop taking methadone or adjust your dosage without your healthcare provider's approval and supervision.
(Click Methadone Dosage for tips on when and how to take methadone 40 mg, to find out which strengths are inappropriate for people not going through addiction treatment, and for information on how to take this medication safely.)