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Methadone Hydrochloride (HCL) Drug Information

Methadone hydrochloride (HCl), sold under the brand names Diskets®, Dolophine®, Methadose®, is approved for use in treating moderate-to-severe pain and to help aid in treating addiction to heroin or other types of morphine-like drugs. Because it is a type of opioid narcotic and is classified as a controlled substance, there are strict rules regarding the sale and use of methadone.
Although most people do not have any problems while taking methadone hydrochloride, information on potential safety concerns and possible side effects should be fully reviewed before beginning treatment. For instance, you may not be able to safely use this medication if you have kidney disease, any sort of lung disease, or an electrolyte imbalance.
You also may not be able to take this drug if you are currently taking certain medications, including some vitamins, herbal supplements, and nonprescription medicines.
Methadone is available in the following strengths and forms:
  • Methadone 5 mg and 10 mg tablets
  • Methadone 40 mg dispersible tablets (for use only for addiction treatment, not for pain)
  • Methadone 5 mg per 5 mL and 10 mg per 5 mL oral solution
  • Methadone 10 mg per mL oral concentrate (for use only for addiction treatment, not for pain)
  • Methadone 10 mg per mL injection.
If you still have questions after reading this and other eMedTV articles, your pharmacist or healthcare provider can give you information on the drug methadone hydrochloride (HCl) that pertains to your particular situation.
(Click Methadone for more information on methadone hydrochloride, a drug used for treating pain and certain types of addiction. This article also covers how this medication works, lists potential side effects, and offers tips on when and how to effectively use it.)
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