Dolophine (a drug name) for a medication that contains methadone hydrochloride. Dolophine’s purpose is to be used as part of a treatment program for _OPIOID DEPENDENCE_. Dolophine both help decrease the craving and withdrawal symptoms of those seeking to stop using opioids and also activates the body’s natural opioid system.
Many studies have looked at the effects of using methadone (Dolophine) as a treatment for opioid dependency and reported positive effects. One study compared the use of Methadone with Buprenorphine and concluded that Methadone was overall a better choice for maintaining abstinence.
The use of Dolophine for opioid detoxification should always be carried out under the supervision of a medical practitioner. Detoxification using Dolophine can be completed in as short a time as one month, or it may take as much as six months. Methadone is typically administered by mouth and on rare occasions by injection.
The use of Dolophine/Methadone for the treatment of an opioid addict is highly regulated in the United States and outpatient programs for the treatment of addicts are required to be certified by SAMHSA. The program must also be registered with the DEA.
There are typically two routes for subjects given methadone. They are Maintenance or Detoxification.
This has been demonstrated to result in a reduction of blood-borne viruses normally connected with opioid injection. The primary goal of maintenance is to reduce opioid cravings and block the highs that are normally connected with opioid use.
When using Dolopine to detox an opioid addict, it should be seen as a short-term treatment. Extended use of the drug can lead to addiction and quitting Methadone can be harder than quitting heroin. On day 1 the physician will administer 40mg of Dolophine and then after 2 or 3 days, they will gradually reduce the dosage while still providing enough to assist with withdrawal symptoms.
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