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Opioid Safety: Should PCPs Prescribe Methadone?

Considerations When Prescribing Methadone

Methadone is one of the most complicated drugs to prescribe—but it has been in use for quite some time. Because the pharmacokinetics are challenging and it interacts with hundreds of other drugs, you must be very confident before prescribing methadone.

In this video roundtable, a panel of pain experts discusses when methadone should be prescribed in the primary care setting. Joseph Shurman, MD leads the discussion; he is the Chairman of Pain Management at Scripps Memorial Hospital (La Jolla, CA).

Dr. Shurman is joined by:

  • Charles E. Argoff, MD: Professor of Neurology at Albany Medical College and Director or the Comprehensive Pain Center at Albany Medical Center
  • Steven P. Stanos, DO: Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Medical Director, Center for Pain Management at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The takeaway for this opioid safety video boils down to this: never prescribe something you're not entirely comfortable with.

Last updated on: August 1, 2012
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