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  AllRefer.com - methadone (Pharmacology) - Encyclopedia
In the brains of addicts, methadone prevents heroin or morphine from interacting with receptors for natural painkillers called endorphins, blocking the effects of the addictive drugs and reducing the physical cravings.
Supporters point out that methadone maintenance, being oral, breaks the dangerous ritual of intravenous injection, that it is legal and eliminates the addict's need to engage in crime to pay for drugs, and that it gives addicts a chance to reevaluate their lives.
The increase in methadone abuse was apparently caused by heroin and oxycodone (OxyContin; a prescription painkiller) addicts using methadone when they could not get other drugs, as well as by an increase in the number of so-called recreational drug users who were abusing methadone.
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Methadone, formerly known as dolophine, is a psycho-active drug, meaning that it affects the mind or behavior.
Methadone is used to relieve chronic pain in cancer patients and as a maintenance drug to control withdrawal symptoms in people undergoing treatment for opiate addiction.
Normal results after the administration of methadone to treat chronic pain is the alleviation of that patient's pain, at least to the point where the pain is bearable.
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 methadone - HighBeam Encyclopedia
METHADONE [methadone], synthetic narcotic similar in effect to morphine.
Methadone Deaths Not Linked to Misuse of Methadone from Treatment Centers.
Agency seizes records from methadone clinic ; Tuesday's search and seizure at CAP Quality Care by federal officials remains unexplained.
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 TheBostonChannel.com - Health Encyclopedia - Opiate Withdrawal
About 9% of the population is believed to misuse opiates over the course of their lifetime, including illegal drugs like heroin and prescribed pain medications such as Oxycontin.
Another detox method is to use a slowly tapered (reduced overtime) dose of methadone to reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.
A new medication called buprenorphine has been shown to be more effective than other medications for treating withdrawal from opiates, and can shorten the length of detox.
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 Click2Houston.com - Health Encyclopedia - Opiate Withdrawal
Opiate withdrawal is caused by stopping, or dramatically reducing, opiate use after heavy and prolonged use (several weeks or more).
It may also be used for long-term maintenance like methadone.
Call your doctor if you are using or withdrawing from opiates.
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