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Methadone Pain Management Needs Management

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on October 17, 2011 - 11:28 pm (409 views — 343 words)

The use of methadone in pain management has reportedly led to many cases of deaths because of excessive and habitual use, physical damages and administration to maternal cases to manage pain. One might wonder: If methadone is a narcotic and continued use is endangering health and lives, why are doctors still recommending its use?

Methadone has earned the prescriptions of pain management specialists owing to its many inimitable attributes that make it an excellent choice of pain drug especially in the kind of pain caused by cancer. Being a synthetic opioid makes it more affordable yet effectively suppresses pain for a prolonged period. It is a recourse taken when medical interventions cannot anymore seek appropriate solutions for a medical case. Methadone provides respite for those seriously suffering from pain.

Methadone, just like other opioids (morphine and heroin), will always be risky to administer for its addictive nature and must be considered despite benefits and wide preference. For this reason, its administration and use must be done with caution to prevent possible precarious repercussions. Under this circumstance, management becomes more complicated and perils become more possible.

The wide use of methadone pain management is in part linked to its affordability, hence making it more reachable for many patients. For this reason, it has been unconsciously abused by many prescribers for relief even of milder and common pain. Regulation of methadone is complicated by the easy access to prescriptions of methadone, thus causing more abuses and mortalities. The medical value of methadone pain management must be re-evaluated as its wide use has already generated indiscriminate uses causing an alarming rise in mortalities. The clamor for regulation is unmistakably high owing to these methadone-related deaths, and regulation is what is needed.

Methadone was created for a purpose. What must be done now is to save methadone and its benefits as a pain drug and veer away from abuses borne of negligence of a few prescribers and users. Pain is what methadone must extinguish, let caution, accountability and a great deal of sensibility keep it that way.