Methadone, meth, linctus, physeptone, phy amps.
What does Methadone look like?
Methadone mixture is a thick green syrup containing equal amounts of methadone and liquid and is used in the treatment of Opiate Dependence. Injectible methadone comes as physeptone in Ampoules, a clear liquid which is ready to inject. There are also methadone Tablets although these are rarely prescribed. Methadone Linctus is a much weaker preparation that is seldom used in the treatment of dependence.
Effects Of Methadone
Light-headedness, dizziness, sweating, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness.
Information to help with Reducing Harm when using Methadone
How does Methadone work?
Legal status of Methadone
Class A under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
How Is Methadone Taken?
Medical uses of Methadone
Where does it come from?
On prescription from a GP or doctor in a drug dependency clinic, or diverted from either.
Methadone is widely used in drug substitution programmes offered by drug dependency clinics and sometimes by GPs. Users are also seen by drug counselling agencies and may attend needle exchange schemes despite being on drugs designed to be taken orally. If Methadone becomes an addiction in itself 'street agencies' or projects sometimes called community drug services or community drug teams, offer a range of services including information and advice, counselling, detoxification and prescribing for opiate / opioid users, support groups and other services such as acupuncture. Some may have extended opening hours and may be open at weekends. GPs and hospitals can make referrals to specialist drug services like Drug Dependency Units (DDUs). These are usually located in or adjacent to a hospital and specialise in helping problem drug users, especially people who are dependent on opiate / opioid drugs. They provide counselling, detoxification, substitute prescribing and other treatments. Residential services offer treatment programmes for heavily dependent drug users who are trying to give up. Residents must usually be drug free on admission which means they usually have to undergo detoxification before entry. Programmes usually last 3-6 months, but some 12 steps programmes last longer. The types of programmes vary. Self help groups like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) co-ordinate local support groups for problem drug users around the country. Families Anonymous run similar groups for the families of drug users.
Parents & other relatives
Many drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents, family members and partners of people using drugs. They may provide relative support groups or advice, guidance and counselling on a one to one basis.
You can view a list of National Drug Agencies.
If you would like to talk about Methadone problems then please call the DAN 24/7 Helpline on: