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What is methadone hydrochloride?

Methadone hydrochloride is a narcotic pain medication. It is a prescription medication and generic versions are available. Methadone hydrochloride may also be used to treat addiction to narcotics by relieving withdrawal symptoms. Methadone hydrochloride stimulates opiate receptors in the brain to relieve pain. Methadone hydrochloride can be habit-forming if taken for longer than prescribed or in higher doses than prescribed. You should never suddenly stop taking methadone hydrochloride, as withdrawal symptoms can occur. It is important that you follow your doctor's instructions very carefully so you do not get an overdose of methadone hydrochloride.

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