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Methadone – Do you prescribe Methadone for pain?

methGood question!

Although methadone can ease the pain, its side effects and potential interactions with other medications can be serious, even lethal at higher doses.  Click here to read about methadone overdose deaths.

Normally I prefer to prescribe Suboxone. A German pharmaceutical company developed Suboxone (buprenorphine), and it has turned out to be a dependable treatment for nixing those nasty symptoms.

It’s quite safe, though any medicine holds the possibility of unusual reactions. I do know of one death in our area when someone simultaneously injected buprenorephine and Xanax (alprazalom).


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Disclaimer – This column is for information and education only and is not intended to be a substitute for seeing a medical provider for healthcare attention. This web site does not diagnose or treat any medical disease, disorder, ailment, etc., or otherwise practice medicine. Always consult your healthcare provider prior to embarking on or making any changes in any medical or psychiatric problems. Dr. Buckmaster does not receive funding from any pharmaceutical company, but is a self-reliant, independent, solo-practicing physician.

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