Dolophine (Methadone) For Pain, and Opioid, Heroin Addiction

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Dolophine comes in a tablet form and is the brand name medication for methadone. Methadone is a narcotic (also known as opioid) medication that works by changing the way your brain and nervous system respond to and process pain. The United State Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies methadone as a Schedule II controlled substance. Schedule II controlled substances are denoted as substances that have a high potential for abuse, “with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence.” The original use for methadone was to treat extreme pain. It is currently still used in some cases to alleviate severe pain but is also used as part of a treatment plan for addiction to other opioids, such as heroin.

Opioid and Heroin Addiction Treatment

The use of methadone in one’s treatment process can help reduce unpleasant withdrawal symptoms by acting as a replacement for the abused opioid in one’s system. The use of methadone as treatment for substance use disorder is only done under the direct supervision of a medical professional and is generally only available as a form of treatment in certified opioid treatment programs and methadone maintenance clinics. It is imperative to be transparent with one’s medical professional regarding one’s methadone use. The purpose for the use of methadone in treatment with opioid abuse and/ or heroin addiction is to help reduce some of the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that can begin when detoxing and linger long after. When the time comes to stop using methadone, the overseeing medical professional will work with an individual to help reduce or prevent the experience of withdrawal symptoms.

When To Avoid Dolophine

Every individual is different and will respond to medication distinctly. There are, however, various preexisting conditions that can pose as potential risks and should be seriously considered prior to beginning a methadone treatment whether it be to treat pain or opioid addiction. Methadone may not be suitable for individuals with the following:

  • An electrolyte imbalance
  • Heart disease
  • Breathing problems
  • Liver disease
  • A heart rhythm disorder
  • Severe asthma
  • Thyroid problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Lung disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Pancreas problems
  • A history of brain tumor, seizures, and/ or head injury
  • Gallbladder problems

Any medical professional that prescribes methadone should be privy to their patient’s detailed health history. It is also important to note that while the effects of methadone are relatively mild compared to other opioids, one’s body can adapt to it, increasing one’s tolerance to the drug and elevating the possibility for abuse and developing an addiction. 

Further Information and Support

If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one regarding substance abuse and/ or addiction, we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. Addiction can be an incredibly damaging disease. Navigating the challenges that arise from substance abuse, and/ or addiction can not only be all consuming but are often impossible to effectively handle without proper support. If left untreated, substance abuse and/ or addiction can result in long lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences.

While seeking help is never easy, it is beneficial to bear in mind that you do not have to be on this journey alone. There is an entire network of professionals that are readily available to help and support you or your loved one throughout every step of the recovery process.

 Pathways Recovery is a fully supportive treatment program for those struggling with substance abuse and/ or addiction. We believe in our clients and their ability to turn their lives around. We know that each person who chooses to join our community has the strength it takes to overcome their challenges with substance abuse and/ or addiction. Please do not hesitate to reach out for guidance. We are happy to answer any questions and provide any information you may be looking for regarding substance abuse and/ or addiction. Feel free to contact us by phone at 626-515-6424 or 1-866-682-0901. We look forward to connecting and having the opportunity to discuss how we might best be able to support you. 

Clinically reviewed by 

Moses Nasser
Dr. Moses Nasser, a double board-certified physician in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, with expertise in holistic healing, addiction medicine, and psychiatric care, holds an X-waiver to prescribe buprenorphine and has extensive experience in mindfulness-based customer service and medication-assisted treatment.

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