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How long can a person stay on methadone?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
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In brief: A very long time

Methadone has several uses.
It is a dangerous medication if not used correctly & under strict guidance of a physician who is trained in it's us. It can be used for chronic pain & for drug rehabilitation. If all the correct precautions are used & one is followed closely & is careful with co-administration of other medications, it can be used for many years without harm. See pcp/pain mgmt doc.

In brief: A very long time

Methadone has several uses.
It is a dangerous medication if not used correctly & under strict guidance of a physician who is trained in it's us. It can be used for chronic pain & for drug rehabilitation. If all the correct precautions are used & one is followed closely & is careful with co-administration of other medications, it can be used for many years without harm. See pcp/pain mgmt doc.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management

In brief: No limit

A cancer patient might be in it for the duration.
A semi-acute injury might use it for weeks with a slow taper. An addict might use it for a month long detox with taper or for long-term maintenance depending on drug cravings. For non-cancer chronic pain a stable low dose is generally safe. I do not escalate and chase tolerance with Methadone as higher doses can cause dangerous heart rhythms.

In brief: No limit

A cancer patient might be in it for the duration.
A semi-acute injury might use it for weeks with a slow taper. An addict might use it for a month long detox with taper or for long-term maintenance depending on drug cravings. For non-cancer chronic pain a stable low dose is generally safe. I do not escalate and chase tolerance with Methadone as higher doses can cause dangerous heart rhythms.
Dr. Einar Ottestad
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