Overall, methadone is a tricky medication. But because of its unique properties, methadone can be very beneficial for difficult-to-treat pain. In some cases, the benefits of methadone outweigh the risks. Disrespect for the dangers of methadone can lead to an unnecessary death, an unintentional overdose. The amount of unintentional methadone overdoses are on the rise. The DEA has taken notice of this trend which is why the 40mg tablet is no longer available except for special circumstances. Smaller (5mg and 10mg) doses of methadone are still available and still valuable for treating pain. With a cautious approach, methadone remains a viable option for pain relief.
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