Physicians often prescribe methadone for hospice patients because it is one of the most effective pain relief medications available. (Methadone is the generic name; brand names are Dolophine and Methadose.)
Methadone causes fewer side effects than other opiate medications. Compared to patients who take morphine for pain relief, patients who take methadone typically experience less sleepiness and less nausea. In addition, it is:
Methadone is commonly known as a treatment for people with heroin addiction. Rest assured, your hospice care team has experience in using methadone to treat pain safely and effectively. However, it is still important to take it exactly as prescribed and only when directed. It is also important that only the hospice patient takes methadone. It should not be shared with anyone.
In addition, methadone:
If you have any difficulty with using methadone, be sure to let your hospice nurse or doctor know immediately. Methadone is very safe when taken as prescribed, under the supervision of your hospice team.
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