Treatment of pain in methadone-maintained patients.

  title={Treatment of pain in methadone-maintained patients.},
  author={Michael M Scimeca and Seddon R. Savage and Russell K. Portenoy and Joyce H Lowinson},
  journal={The Mount Sinai journal of medicine, New York},
  volume={67 5-6},
Patients with opioid dependency experience trauma, acute medical illness and chronic diseases, and may have to undergo surgery to the same extent as other individuals. They need to be treated for relief of symptoms, including pain. Undertreatment or inadequate treatment of pain for these individuals is a particular problem because of opioid dependency and/or methadone maintenance treatment. The guiding principles governing treatment of these patients are to maintain the methadone treatment and… CONTINUE READING