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A 29-year-old male asked:

I have problems with my back. i was prescribed oxycodone 30mg 3x/day and methodone 10mg 2x/day...the clinic stopped seeing people for unknown reaso?

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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
Sounds sketchy: Oxycodone and methadone are not recommended, safe treatments for back pain. They are strong narcotics; methadone usually reserved for dealing with addicted individuals. Hope clinic was not closed due to inappropriate dispensing of dangerous drugs! See/find a primary care doctor who can evaluate and provide effective safe treatment for your back pain. Good wishes:)
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Dr. Abbott may not be aware that there are actually now more people being prescribed methadone for pain by their physicians than there are people in treatment programs receiving methadone for their opioid addictions. Methadone was in fact developed for the treatment of chronic pain.
Aug 14, 2015
Dr. John Feola
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
CHRONIC PAIN: CHRONIC NEUROPATHIC PAIN IS VERY DIFFICULT TO TREAT AND REQUIRES A TEAM APPROACH. 1. A LONG ACTING PAIN MEDICATION LIKE DURAGESIC PATCH 2. SHORT ACTING FOR BREAK THROUGH PAIN LIKE OXYCODONE. 3. A NEROLEPTIC LIKE NEURONTIN (gabapentin). YOU NEED A REPUTABLE PAIN CLINIC THAT HAS BEEN AROUND. USUALLY STAFFED WITH PMR/ANESTHESIA/NEURO/IM PREFERABLY AFFILIATED WITH A UNIVERSITY CORNEL/COLUMBIA/SINAI
Dr. Jane Lykins
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Pain management: I recommend seeing a Pain Management specialist. They have many methods to treat pain besides narcotics, including injections, physical therapy, TENS units, etc. As you may know, tele-medicine doctors are not allowed to prescribe narcotics, so you will have to be seen in person either way. Good luck.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Is there a question?: If the only thing done for your back pain was to throw opioids at it, I am not surprised that this "clinic" suddenly closed - it may have been a visit by a variety of police authorities, including the DEA or DA's office. If you were left without prescriptions, I would strongly suggest using the remaining meds to taper yourself off. Finding another doc to continue narcotics is difficult. Good luck.
Dr. Mark Gujer md fasa
Anesthesiology 26 years experience
I'm glad they closed.: Heavy doses of narcotics are not the right treatment plan for anyone with significant back pain. Multi-specialty treatment plans coordinated by a reputable international pain physician is. It involves mood support, physical therapy, possibly injections , medication management and potentially a referral to a surgical specialist.

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