Is methadone a narcotic? It is a synthetic, narcotic analgesic (pain reliever). Often used by and associated with the treatment of heroin addicts. SEE MORE. It is also used for other medical purposes such as pain relief. The drug shares many of the same effects and characteristics of morphine. But, with methadone the gradual and mild onset of action prevents the user from getting high. Thus, experiencing euphoric effects.
Doses used in heroin treatment vary based on a person’s opiate tolerance. Doctors can determine the proper dosage by a patients decline in opiate cravings. So, despite its use in the treatment community, there are addicts who use methadone.
The drug is currently a Schedule II. Thus, it is available in oral solutions, tablets, and injectable forms.