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Methadone as a Pain Pill for Chronic Pain Conditions Review (jpwriter)

By Edited Sep 29, 2016 0 0

Pros

- A true pain reliever in the way it attaches to the opioid receptors
- Methadone is cheap, a much less expensive pill than other opiate pain medicine.
- Covered by many insurance plans
- Methadone works

Cons

- Stigma attached to the word methadone because of the methadone maintenance programs.
- Long and potentially hard withdrawal period
- Black box warning against mixing with Benzodiazepines
- Sometimes short-acting opiates aren't as effective when using Methadone
- Methadone's classification requires paper prescriptions always, no call in refills

Full Review of Methadone for Pain

Methadone as a pain pill for chronic pain conditions is rarely discussed without the strong stigma of addiction and methadone clinic lines creeping into the conversation. Unfortunately, the dirty rap that methadone has received because of its use to treat individuals with opiate addictions has blighted many people. Because there is such a stigma attached to people using methadone and the thought that that person is a junkie, there are many people in pain taking short acting medications that aren't as efficient at treating chronic pain as Methadone. Methadone has real analgesic properties. Your doctor can prescribe Methadone just like any other medication, but there are stronger regulations.

Methadone does not come on fast or produce the euphoric feeling like other opiates. It is in a class all by itself. Methadone as a pain pill is unique because of its ability to bind to the pain receptors in the brain while also producing a blocking effect. This can be a problem when you take high doses of it and need medication for breakthrough pain. Sometimes people who are receiving pain management treatment need to take short action opiates like Hydrocodone or Oxycodone to subside pain that peeks through the Methadone. Methadone should not be used as a short-term pain medicine. Some people with chronic pain will not use Methadone as a pain pill because they do not get the "high" feeling from it. This is usually a person who is drug seeking.
Have an Informed Pain Doctor

When you first start taking Methadone you must start slow. It has a unique way of metabolizing in the body because of it's pharmacological properties. Doctors must start you out slow and build up over time because it can take several days to get the right amount in your body. Make sure your doctor has experience prescribing Methadone for pain. It is very strong and should only be used for chronic pain. A doctor should never prescribe Methadone as a pain pill for something acute. Milligram for milligram it is stronger than other medicines and there is a dosing guideline that your doctor will follow to make sure you start it safely.

Using Methadone as a pain pill comes with a responsibility, just as any other pain reliever or medication with a potential for abuse. You need to be honest with your doctor about what other medications you are using and not consume excess alcohol or some herbs that can cause respiratory depression. Check your medications for potential interactions and problems. Most deaths caused by Methadone have occured because it was mixed with a Benzodiazepine (Valium, Alprazolam, Librium). Do not mix it. This interaction with Methadone and Benzodiazepines is very serious. If you consider taking, or are on, Methadone then you must consider this danger. There is a black box warning.

Methadone can be used relatively safely as a pain pill in people with chronic pain who have a history of substance abuse when that person is open with their doctor. I am not a doctor nor advocating for the use of Methadone so make sure to talk to your doctor if you have chronic pain and are in recovery. Methadone is a long term treatment for chronic pain conditions. Using it when in recovery is probably considered a better alternative than the short acting opiates when pain medicine is necessary. If a doctor recommends using Tramadol or Ultram because it is safer then you need to read about the Ultram dangers first. It is not indicated for those who have had opiate histories and it is addictive.

In Closing: Final Methadone for Pain Tips

If you have a chronic pain condition and you're taking other narcotic pain medicine with growing tolerance and subsiding effect, talk to your doctor about Methadone. When using Methadone as a pain pill you will encounter ignorant people and doctors. It is likely that someone will assume that you go to a methadone clinic when you tell them your medication list.
Some people also find that they can supplement their Methadone for pain management with medical marijuana. Although the medical marijuana is not for everyone there are many cases of those with chronic pain stopping meds using marijuana medicinally. Looking at medical marijuana vs Methadone/opiates for pain is a good way to learn about the least harmful route of pain management. Another extremely effective medicine for chronic pain is Suboxone/Buprenorphine. Suboxone for chronic pain is widely used at pain clinics and some are switching from Methadone to Suboxone or Subutex for chronic pain with extraordinary results.
Using Methadone as a pain pill for chronic pain conditions does work. The medication works. When pain knocks you out and nothing else helps this medicine can give you your life back until you are able to get the pain condition resolved. Always use caution when taking medication.
**This article does not substitute for medical advice and is not intended to cure, treat, or diagnose any person or condition.
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