I Was Given Methadone To Treat My Chronic Pain. Isn't That For Drug Addicts?
Dr. Joseph Shurman answers the question: 'Is Methadone Only For Drug Addicts?'
— -- Question: I Was Given Methadone To Treat My Chronic Pain. Isn't Methadone Only For Drug Addicts?
Answer: Yes, methadone is used for the treatment of drug addicts, but we also use it today for the treatment of chronic pain. It's a very slow-release medication with a long duration of action. The only issue with it is many people have been switched from OxyContin to methadone, which is much shorter-acting. And the patients tend to escalate up on the methadone, and end up with an overdose, and a death. So, it can be a very dangerous drug, and you should seek a physician who has experience with the use of methadone.