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Methadone Tablets

If you have moderate-to-severe pain or are seeking addiction treatment, your healthcare provider may prescribe methadone hydrochloride (Diskets®, Dolophine®, Methadose®) tablets. This prescription medication comes in several strengths and forms. Methadone tablets, for example, are 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).
There are also other forms of methadone products, including an oral solution, an oral concentrate, and injections.
Methadone is a narcotic, opioid medication. It works by binding to opioid receptors throughout the body and produces numerous different effects. It relieves 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.
Although most people do not experience problems with the tablets, methadone is not suitable for everyone. For example, you may not be able to take this medicine if you have kidney disease, an irregular heart rhythm, or any sort of lung disease. Before beginning treatment, to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you have and any other medications you are taking.
(Click Methadone for a more in-depth look at how methadone tablets work to treat pain and addiction. This article also discusses potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and important information to be aware of before using this medicine.)
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