Therapeutic effects of methadone and 1 α acetylmethadol

E. Karp Gelernter, L. Wurmser, C. Savage

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Many heroin addicts prefer methadone maintenance treatment to 1 α acetylmethadol (LAAM) because of the 'rush like' effect of methadone. Although there have been no observable differences in the safety and effectiveness of the two drugs, LAAM appears to lead to a more stable, consistently physiological state. The authors report on two patients who had ego defects characterized by severe mood swings. Both patients preferred LAAM to methadone because of its stabilizing effect and smoother action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)955-957
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1976
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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