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Who invented methadone?Also when and for what use ?

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Inactive 27 May 2012

It's hard to address your first question as to "invented" methadone. My best guess would be addiction specialists (MD's) and/or pharmaceutical companies. The when and what's it used for was originally to come off of heroin. Seems to take a long time. Addiction is a disease like alcoholism. It takes over your entire life, when all you do is spend your time worrying about how to get some, the euphoria while using... ruined many a life, and heroin killed a lot of people, be it OD or hepatitis or AIDS, etc. Babies were born addicted to heroin. Was a major problem in the US, not counting all of the crimes associated with the dealers, procurement of the drug, murders, and every other crime you can think of. So methadone made its appearance on the scene. At last a way, a safe way to get off of heroin, not a pleasant life.

SeeknFind 27 May 2012

Didn't Balbanese just answer this question a minute ago? where did that go??

kaismama 27 May 2012

Methadose, Physeptone, Heptadon, Phy and many other names) is a synthetic opioid, used medically as an analgesic and a maintenance anti-addictive for use in patients with opioid dependency. It was developed in Germany in 1937. Although chemically unlike morphine or heroin, methadone acts on the same opioid receptors as these drugs, and thus has many of the same effects. Methadone is also used in managing severe chronic pain, owing to its long duration of action, extremely powerful effects, and very low cost. Methadone was introduced into the United States in 1947 by Eli Lilly and Company.

Methadone is useful in the treatment of opioid dependence.

Votes: +4
stuckinpain2 28 May 2012

Earl, were u considering asking a pain management Dr of being prescribed methadone?
I can only tell u my 5 yrs on it, for severe chronic back pain & controlled my vicodin abuse. For me, it was heaven sent. Until i wanted off it. Do the research.
Best wishes to ya.

Votes: +1
DzooBaby 29 May 2012

Methadone was developed by German scientists to be a substitute for morphine.

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DzooBaby 29 May 2012

Methadone hydrochloride (6-[dimethylamino]-4,4-
diphenyl-3-hepatanone hydrochloride) is a synthetic
opioid analgesic developed in Germany in 1937 with actions
and uses similar to morphine. Its interaction with
the mu opioid receptor produces morphine-like effects,
including analgesia, euphoria, sedation, respiratory
depression, miosis, bradycardia, and physical dependence.

DzooBaby 29 May 2012

Methadone is indicated
for relief of severe pain, detoxification treatment of
narcotic addiction, and temporary maintenance treatment
of narcotic addiction.

darroyo1956 15 Oct 2017

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