What is Methadone?
Methadone is an analgesic (pain reliever) opioid drug that is used to block the effects of other opioids. The effects of methadone are similar to those of morphine, but last longer. The drug typically remains in the system for 24 hours, but in some instances, it may stay for up to 36 hours. Methadone can be taken in liquid, pill, or wafer form. Methadone is used in replacement therapy as an alternative to heroin, morphine, and other opioid drugs.
- Take prescription pain medication
- Take prescription antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications
- Are pregnant, nursing, or are planning on becoming pregnant
- Have a respiratory condition or illness
- Have heart, liver, kidney, or prostate problems
- Have a history of low blood pressure or high blood pressure
- Difficulty breathing
- Elevated heart rate
- Stomach pain
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