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Methadone Injection

A healthcare provider may prescribe methadone hydrochloride (Diskets®, Dolophine®, Methadose®) injections for treating moderate to severe pain, as well as for the treatment or detoxification of heroin addiction (or an addiction to other morphine-like drugs). This medication is only approved for use in adults.
There is only one strength available for the injection form of methadone -- methadone 10 mg per mL injection. However, the drug is also available in other forms, including tablets, dispersible tablets, an oral solution, and an oral concentrate. These forms are available in a variety of strengths.
As a type of narcotic opioid, methadone works by binding to opioid receptors throughout the body and produces numerous different effects. It works for pain just like other opioids. For detox and maintenance addiction treatment, methadone helps reduce opioid cravings, relieve opioid withdrawal symptoms, and block sedation of other opioids.
This medication is typically taken one to three times per day. Although most people have no problems with methadone, side effects are possible and may include drowsiness, sweating, or nausea.
(Click Methadone for more information on how injections of methadone can help treat pain or addiction. This article also discusses how this medication works, when and how to take it, and additional side effects to be aware of.)
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