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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 21--29

Practical guide for using methadone in pain and palliative care practice


1 Department of Pain and Palliative Medicine, MNJ Institute of Oncology and RCC, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Oncology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Gayatri Palat
Department of Pain and Palliative Medicine, MNJ Institute of Oncology and RCC, Red Hills, Hyderabad - 500 004, Telangana
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_186_17

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Since the 2014 Amendment to the NDPS Act methadone has been released in India for pain management. The methadone is supplied as racemic mixture with R & S methadone with benefit in pain management and associated adverse effects. Physicians need to be aware of adverse effects so that methadone can be administered safely. Similarly, patients and families need to store and use methadone carefully and experience the benefits and not increase the risk of further morbidity. Considerable amount of literature on methadone is available and sometimes conflicting, hence the article is attempting to guide a physician to use methadone safely to acquire experience and expertise over time.






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