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methadone

[ meth-uh-dohn ]

noun

, Pharmacology.
  1. a synthetic narcotic, C 2 1 H 2 8 ClNO, similar to morphine but effective orally, used in the relief of pain and as a heroin substitute in the treatment of heroin addiction.


methadone

/ ˈmɛθəˌdəʊn; ˈmɛθəˌdɒn /

noun

  1. a narcotic analgesic drug similar to morphine, used to treat opiate addiction. Formula: C 21 H 27 NO


methadone

  1. An analgesic that is sometimes used in the treatment of drug addiction.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of methadone1

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; meth(yl) + a(mino) + d(iphenyl) + (heptan)one

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Word History and Origins

Origin of methadone1

C20: from ( di ) meth ( yl ) + a ( mino ) + d ( iphenyl ) + -one

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Example Sentences

Decades of evidence show medications like methadone and buprenorphine reduce mortality rates among patients by half or more and keep people in treatment longer.

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In October, researchers in Spain began testing ibogaine in 20 people trying to wean themselves off methadone.

From Time

Mark Sinatra stopped a couple leaving a methadone clinic in Queens.

These places should benefit from the expansion of methadone programs and other medication-assisted treatment, which is endorsed by the American Medical Association.

Strung out on heroin and taking methadone every day, Kerwin was counting on Maine to protect her legal rights.

The research also showed that once the patients stabilized on methadone, there was a decrease in their cannabis use.

The three main types of medication for opiate withdrawal and recovery are methadone, buphrenorphine, and naltrexone.

Jay died of a methadone overdose three years after his suicide attempt.

I went through a methadone program and it helped, but then you get hooked on that.

“In dealing with heroin addicts for example, they were given free methadone and heroin,” says Van Bakkum.

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