Is It Safe for CKD Patient to Take Methadone Long Time2016-11-25 13:22
Methadone is a synthetic opioid, and it is used medically as an analgesic. It has been proven to be extremely helpful for relieving moderate or serious pain. Therefore, some people with CKD often use methadone to relieve their pain.
It is safe to take methadone for a long time?
Methadone is helpful to remit the pain and nociception that patients are suffering. However, it may not be safe for some people with the disease such as asthma, lung disease, heart problem, low blood pressure and so on. Although it is proved that taking methadone don’t cause side effects on kidneys, they need to tell their doctor before they decide to taking this medicine to relieve their pain. The improper usage of methadone may cause some health problems.
As methadone is an acyclic analog of morphine or heroin, it acts on the same opioid receptors as these drugs, and thus has many of the same effects. If people with CKD is long-term used of methadone, they may rely on it and cannot get rid of it.
Besides, taking methadone may also cause some other effects on people with CKD, such as high blood pressure. Then they need to take some medicines which can lower blood pressure level. For these people, if they take methadone, their blood pressure may decrease quickly which may cause coma or even death. Thereby, people should strictly follow the advice of their doctors to control the usage of medicines.
Taking methadone or other pain-killers are not a long-term policy for CKD patients to remedy their illness. If they want to remit their pain and other symptoms, they need to have effective treatments fundamentally.
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