Methadone hydrochloride (Diskets®, Dolophine®, Methadose®) is a prescription medication approved for several uses, such as for pain relief and for the treatment of heroin addiction (or an addiction to other morphine-like drugs). There are several forms of methadone, including pills (tablets and dispersible tablets), an oral suspension, an oral concentrate, and injections.
The pill form of methadone is available 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).
As a 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.
Even though most people tolerate the pill form of methadone well, this drug is not suitable for everyone. Before taking it, talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you have and any other medications you are taking, including vitamins, supplements, and nonprescription drugs.
(Click Methadone for a more in-depth look at how methadone pills work, potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and information on what to tell your healthcare provider before using this medication.)