Definition of Methadone

1. Noun. Synthetic narcotic drug similar to morphine but less habit-forming; used in narcotic detoxification and maintenance of heroin addiction.

Definition of Methadone

1. Noun. (chemistry) A synthetic opioid analgesic, used to wean addicts off of heroin or other opiate based narcotics, and in chronic pain management. ¹

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Definition of Methadone

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Medical Definition of Methadone

1. A synthetic opioid that is used as the hydrochloride. It is an opioid analgesic that is primarily a mu-opioid agonist. It has actions and uses similar to those of morphine. It also has a depressant action on the cough centre and may be given to control intractable cough associated with terminal lung cancer. Methadone is also used as part of the treatment of dependence on opioid drugs, although prolonged use of methadone itself may result in dependence. Pharmacological action: analgesics, opioid, antitussive agents, narcotics. Chemical name: 3-Heptanone, 6-(dimethylamino)-4,4-diphenyl- (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Methadone

methacholine chloride
methacholine compounds
methacrylate resin
methacrylic acid
methacycline hydrochloride
methadone (current term)
methadone hydrochloride
methadyl acetate
metham sodium

Literary usage of Methadone

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1. Overview of Addiction Treatment Effectiveness by Mim J. Landry (1996)
"Overview of Addiction Treatment Effectiveness The Effectiveness of methadone Maintenance Treatment methadone maintenance treatment is associated with ..."

2. Approval and Monitoring of Narcotic Treatment Programs: A Guide on the Roles by Lynne C. McArthur, Yvonne Goldsberry (1998)
"Each year since 1988, from 32 to 45 new methadone treatment programs and 14 to 16 ... What Is methadone Treatment? methadone treatment is one of the most ..."

3. Handbook of Severe Disability: A Text for Rehabilitation Counselors, Other edited by Walter C. Stolov, Michael R. Clowers (2000)
"There are essentially two types of drug-abuse treatment programs: methadone maintenance and therapeutic communities. These programs are philosophically ..."

4. Preventing HIV Infection Among Injecting Drug Users in High Risk Countries by Institute of Medicine (U.S.), National Academies Press (U.S. (2007)
"Injection of methadone can also lead to serious problems and death ... A number of studies have examined methadone diversion and abuse, particularly in the ..."

5. Protecting Children in Substance-Abusing Families by Vickie Kropenske, Judy Howard (1995)
"methadone German scientists first synthesized methadone during World War II ... methadone was introduced as an analgesic in the United States in 1947 and ..."

6. Drug Addiction Research & the Health of Women edited by Cora L. Wetherington (1999)
"After delivery, the woman's plasma level of methadone returned to what was ... Physicians must be careful when considering any reduction in methadone dose ..."

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