Levomethadyl is a narcotic drug that is used as a substitute for a drug that a person may be addicted to. For example, a person who is addicted to opium may be given levomethadyl while undergoing treatment for drug addiction. This medication helps prevent withdrawal symptoms when a patient stops using narcotic drugs. Many patients are gradually tapered off this drug, although some patients take it for a long period of time to reduce cravings for illegal narcotics and keep them from relapse.
This medication is not a cure for drug addiction. It should be used only as one part of a comprehensive addiction treatment plan that includes psychotherapy, support group attendance and the addressing of physical issues related to drug use.
Abusing alcohol or other drugs while on this medication can lead to a fatal overdose.
Patients should take this medication no more than three times a week to prevent overdose. Patients should be administered the drug at a detoxification center or rehabilitation facility until they can demonstrate enough responsibility to self-administer appropriately.