Blog on Methadone Dosing: Use the Evidence

blog1“The most successful opioid treatment programs and the most successful patients in those programs use evidence-based dosing of methadone. Many studies over the last 40 years show patients do better on adequate doses of methadone. They have better outcomes when they’re on enough methadone to block physical withdrawal signs and symptoms than when they’re on insufficient doses.

When patients ask me how much methadone they should be taking, my answer is, “Enough.” I’m not advocating taking doses higher than they need to be, but if the patient looks like they’re in withdrawal, and they feel like they’re in withdrawal, it’s best to take the dose up. We want to use the lowest effective dose.”

The blog can be accessed at:

http://janaburson.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/methadone-dosing-use-the-evidence/

Source: Jana Burson – July 7, 2013