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Methadone

Matthew Makin

in Opioids in Cancer Pain

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199218806
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607006 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199218806.003.0011

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library OPML P

Methadone

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Methadone is a potent opioid analgesic with other non-opioid properties. It has an analgesic and side effect profile similar to morphine. It is difficult to use because of a long and variable half-life. Conversion to methadone from other opioids is complex so it is best used in specialist settings.

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Subjects: Clinical Oncology ; Pain Medicine

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