07.11.12

FYI on Pain Med Methadone aka Dolophine Hydrochloride

Posted in Medication at 11:58 AM by Dr. Greathouse

Evidence Mounts: Methadone Risky in Chronic Pain

The opioid-treatment drug methadone is culprit in almost one in three prescription painkiller overdose deaths, even though it only accounts for a fraction of scripts for pain, CDC researchers said.
About 5,000 patients died from methadone overdose in 2009, about six times more than 10 years earlier, Thomas Frieden, MD, PhD, director of the CDC, and colleagues said in a Vital Signs report.
“Methadone is riskier than other prescription painkillers … and we don’t think it has a role in the treatment of acute pain,” Frieden said during a call with reporters.
He emphasized that most of these accidental deaths are tied to the drug’s use in chronic pain — a condition for which there is little evidence of its benefit, he noted — and are not associated with its indication for the treatment of substance abuse.

The opioid-treatment drug methadone is culprit in almost one in three prescription painkiller overdose deaths, even though it only accounts for a fraction of scripts for pain, CDC researchers said.
About 5,000 patients died from methadone overdose in 2009, about six times more than 10 years earlier, Thomas Frieden, MD, PhD, director of the CDC, and colleagues said in a Vital Signs report.
“Methadone is riskier than other prescription painkillers … and we don’t think it has a role in the treatment of acute pain,” Frieden said during a call with reporters.
He emphasized that most of these accidental deaths are tied to the drug’s use in chronic pain — a condition for which there is little evidence of its benefit, he noted — and are not associated with its indication for the treatment of substance abuse.

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