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Methadone is increasingly being used for palliative cancer patients for pain management. Physicians are "rotating" opioids to help reduce opioid side effects, and help increase pain response due to tolerance of another opioid. Methadone has been compared to other opioids in studies in which it has been rotated with another opioid. The studies compared the adverse effects, cost, and the rate of success to achieve adequate pain management.
oncology, palliative care, methadone, morphine, fentanyl, opioids
Ruprecht, Kim, "Methadone Use in Palliative Care Patients" (2013). Nursing Posters. 19.