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Methadone Oral

Methadone hydrochloride (Diskets®, Dolophine®, Methadose®) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of moderate-to-severe pain, as well as to help detoxify and treat heroin addiction (or an addiction to other morphine-like drugs). It belongs to a class of drugs called narcotics (opioids) and is classified as a controlled substance in the United States. As a result, methadone has a significant potential for both physical and psychological dependence and abuse.
There are several strengths and forms of methadone, including oral and injectable forms. The oral forms of methadone come in the following strengths:
  • 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 addiction treatment only, not for pain)
This medication also comes in a bulk powder that is used by pharmacists or other appropriate healthcare providers to mix an oral liquid form.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with methadone. If such problems do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Common side effects may include drowsiness, dizziness, and sweating.
(Click Methadone for more information on when and how to take oral methadone tablets and solutions, to learn about the warnings and precautions associated with the use of this drug, and to find out what you should discuss with your healthcare provider before beginning treatment.)
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