What is Methadone?
Methadone is a synthetic (man-made) narcotic, prescribed as Methadose® and Dolphine®. Methadone is available as a tablet, oral solution, or injectable liquid.
As of January 1, 2008, manufacturers of methadone hydrochloride tablets 40 mg (dispersible) have voluntarily agreed to restrict distribution of this formulation to only those facilities authorized for detoxification and maintenance treatment of opioid addiction, and hospitals.
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How is it used?
Methadone can be swallowed or injected.
How does it affect the body?
When an individual uses methadone, he/she may experience physical symptoms like sweating, itchy skin, or sleepiness. Individuals who abuse methadone risk becoming tolerant of and physically dependent on the drug.When use is stopped, individuals may experience withdrawal symptoms including: Anxiety, muscle tremors, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps.
What are its overdose effects?
Slow and shallow breathing, blue fingernails and lips, stomach spasms, clammy skin, convulsions, weak pulse, coma, and possible death