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Linctus (Methadone)

Linctus (Methadone)

Linctus (Methadone)

Linctus is a term used to refer to a cough syrup or liquid medication that is typically taken orally. It can contain various active ingredients, and one of the substances sometimes used in linctus preparations is methadone.

Methadone is a synthetic opioid medication that is primarily used for the treatment of opioid dependence, including heroin addiction. It works by binding to the same receptors in the brain as other opioids, reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and helping individuals stabilise their lives and engage in treatment.

While methadone is primarily used in specialised clinics as part of opioid substitution therapy, it can sometimes be prescribed in liquid form as a linctus for the treatment of severe and persistent coughing. The liquid formulation allows for controlled dosing and may provide relief for individuals experiencing cough symptoms.

It is important to note that methadone is a potent opioid and can cause sedation, respiratory depression, and other side effects. When used for opioid substitution therapy, it should be taken under the supervision of a healthcare professional in a regulated and monitored setting.

If you have questions or concerns about the use of methadone or linctus containing methadone, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or pharmacist who can provide specific information and guidance based on your individual circumstances and needs.

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