Methadone is used primarily to help patients control their dependence on heroin or other narcotics. The drug acts on the central nervous system as an analgesic that is useful in pain relief. Over a long term, this drug can also yield to both a mental and physical dependence that may lead to withdrawal side effects when administration is abruptly halted. Side effects include confusion, convulsions, dizziness, drowsiness, low blood pressure, and weakness.
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