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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Methadone By: Calista Marchand-Nazzaro Methadone is a narcotic pain reliever. Methadone hydrochloride is a white crystalline material that is water-soluble. It's chemically described as 6-(dimethylamino)-4,4-diphenyl-3-hepatanone hydrochloride. Its molecular formula is C21H27NO HCl. Classification of Methadone: Opioid (narcotic), and analgesic Slang/street terms: Methadose, Dollies, Dolls, Done, Meth, Phy, Junk, Metho, Jungle Juice, Fizzies, Amidone, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Maria, Pastora, Salvia, Wafer, Juice It's available by mouth (liquid and tablets) and injectable ampoules. Similar drugs with similar effects:Buprenorphine, Oxycodone, Morphine, Tramadol, Hydromorphone, Fentanyl Medical uses: Treats moderate to severe pain and is used for the treatment of narcotic drug (such as heroin) addiction (detoxification)Recreational uses: It can create pleasant symptoms (feelings of contentment, well-being, and happiness) Psychological effects- long term- elimination of cravings for other opiate drugs and short term- pain relief Physiological effects- long term- can cause lung and breathing problems, interference with menstrual cycle in women, and can cause reduced libido and sexual dysfunction and short term- reduces unwanted effects of withdrawal, it may also cause restlessness, vomiting, nausea, constipation, slow breathing and sweating Physical dependence- stomach cramps, nausea, and severe irritability when the person stops taking it, and psychological dependence- a person can begin to believe that only methadone can make him/her truly happy Myth: Methadone is a substitute for heroin or prescription opioids
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