Methadone Hydrochloride Addiction
The reason methadone hydrochloride can be used to treat opioid dependence and addiction, despite the fact that it is also an opioid, is that the effects are slower, and it blocks the high of other opioids, like codeine, heroin and oxycodone. As well as being used to treat opioid addiction and dependence, methadone can also be prescribed for pain stemming from illness, surgery or injury. For someone who’s receiving treatment for opioid addiction, methadone hydrochloride can help prevent withdrawal symptoms. It has milder effects than other opioids, and it’s also often referred to as replacement therapy. Methadone is sometimes used for a year or more as an opioid addiction treatment, and it should only be used under medical supervision and direction. When someone is prescribed methadone hydrochloride as part of opioid addiction treatment, they will usually take a daily dose. That dose depends on their opioid tolerance and history of use.
The reason methadone is addictive is that it acts on the brain and central nervous system like other opioids. While the effects, such as euphoria, are milder, they are still present. Methadone binds to opiate receptors in the brain, and along with euphoria, it can cause changes in mood, relaxation and drowsiness. These are all effects patients might find desirable. Despite the fact that methadone is potentially addictive, it is less addictive than other opioids.
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