Methadone: Ingestion methods

Last modified: Monday, 1. June 2009 - 6:04 am

Methadone is manufactured as tablets, diskettes (also known as biscuits), and liquid. People who use the drug illegally often inject either the liquid form or crushed and dissolved tablets. Methadone is detectable in a person’s bloodstream seven to 10 days after use.
When used as a cough suppressant, methadone is taken in a liquid or tablet form in very small (1-2 mg) doses every four to six hours. For relief of moderate to severe pain, it is generally given as a tablet or as an intramuscular injection, 2,5-20 mg every three to four hours. When used in heroin detoxification and methadone maintenance programs, it is given as oral tablets, biscuits, or liquid, 20-120 mg every 24-48 hours.

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