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Can methadone be used to help someone get off pain pills, how does it work if methadone is also used for pain?
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Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Methadone is very cheap and very potent.
It has a complicated pharmocology so an expert should be involved in prescribing it. I more or less always use Methadone to detox patients off other opioid medications. It has a long fairly stable halflife so dosed 2-3 times a day with a slow taper should prevent most withdrawal symptoms.

In brief: Yes
Methadone is very cheap and very potent.
It has a complicated pharmocology so an expert should be involved in prescribing it. I more or less always use Methadone to detox patients off other opioid medications. It has a long fairly stable halflife so dosed 2-3 times a day with a slow taper should prevent most withdrawal symptoms.
Dr. Einar Ottestad
Dr. Einar Ottestad
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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not Really
Methadone is a cheap and useful pain medication; for this reason Methadone clinics use this for drug addicts to give them their "hit" and keep them from doing illegal and destructive things to get it.
Just because someone is on Methadone does not mean they are an addict; they may have legitimate need to control pain; this should not prevent the search for non-narcotic resolution to the problem.

In brief: Not Really
Methadone is a cheap and useful pain medication; for this reason Methadone clinics use this for drug addicts to give them their "hit" and keep them from doing illegal and destructive things to get it.
Just because someone is on Methadone does not mean they are an addict; they may have legitimate need to control pain; this should not prevent the search for non-narcotic resolution to the problem.
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
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