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Methadone Pain Medication

Methadone hydrochloride (Diskets®, Dolophine®, Methadose®) is a narcotic, opioid medication that is a classified as a "controlled substance" in the United States. It is used for treating moderate-to-severe pain, and can help in detoxification and maintenance treatment of heroin addiction or an addiction to other morphine-like drugs.
As a type of pain medication, methadone works by binding to opioid receptors throughout the body and produces several different effects. It works for pain just like other opioids.
For detox and maintenance addiction treatment, it is thought that methadone works in several ways, such as reducing opioid cravings, relieving opioid withdrawal symptoms, and blocking sedation of other opioids.
This medication comes in several strengths and forms, including:
  • Tablets
  • Oral dispersible tablets
  • Oral solution (liquid)
  • Injections.
Methadone has a significant potential for psychological and physical dependence and abuse. Although any healthcare provider who is authorized to prescribe controlled substances can recommend methadone for pain relief, the prescribing and dispensing of methadone for drug treatment is restricted to certain authorized clinics and prescribers.
(Click Methadone to learn more about how this pain medication helps relieve moderate-to-severe pain. This article also discusses how methadone can be used in addiction treatment, lists potential side effects, and explains what to tell your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)
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