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  • Methadone is a synthetic opioid prescription medication used as a replacement for heroin and other opioids as part of pharmacotherapy treatment for heroin and other opioid dependence.
  • Other medication types used to treat heroin dependence include buprenorphine and naltrexone.
  • A doctor who is an approved prescriber can prescribe a regular dose of methadone or buprenorphine to a person who is heroin dependent.
  • People on medication treatment programs are more likely to be successful if they have comprehensive treatment alongside pharmacotherapy – such as counselling.

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Reviewed on: 22-12-2023