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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707421/safer-and-more-appropriate-opioid-prescribing-a-large-healthcare-system-s-comprehensive-approach
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Jan L Losby, Joel D Hyatt, Michael H Kanter, Grant Baldwin, Denis Matsuoka
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: The United States is in the midst of a public health epidemic with more than 40 people dying each day from prescription opioid overdoses. Health care systems are taking steps to address the opioid overdose epidemic by implementing policy and practice interventions to mitigate the risks of long-term opioid therapy. Kaiser Permanente Southern California launched a comprehensive initiative to transform the way that chronic pain is viewed and treated. Kaiser Permanente Southern California created prescribing and dispensing policies, monitoring and follow-up processes, and clinical coordination through electronic health record integration...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701208/expanding-co-payment-for-methadone-maintenance-services-in-vietnam-the-importance-of-addressing-health-and-socioeconomic-inequalities
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Bach Xuan Tran, Quyen Le Nguyen, Long Hoang Nguyen, Huong Thu Thi Phan, Huong Thi Le, Tho Dinh Tran, Thuc Thi Minh Vu, Carl A Latkin
BACKGROUND: Ensuring high enrollment while mobilizing resources through co-payment services is critical to the success of the methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) program in Vietnam. This study assessed the willingness of patients to pay (WTP) for different MMT services delivery models and determined its associated factors. METHODS: A facility based survey was conducted among 1016 MMT patients (98.7% male, 42% aged 35 or less, and 67% living with spouse) in five MMT clinics in Hanoi and Nam Dinh province in 2013...
July 12, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691202/methadone-versus-fentanyl-in-patients-with-radiation-induced-nociceptive-pain-with-head-and-neck-cancer-a-randomized-controlled-non-inferiority-trial
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Johan Haumann, Sander M J van Kuijk, José W Geurts, Frank J P Hoebers, Bernd Kremer, Elbert A Joosten, Marieke H J van den Beuken-van Everdingen
BACKGROUND: Pain is still a burden for many patients with cancer. A recent trial showed superiority of methadone over fentanyl in neuropathic pain, and we expect that this could increase the amount of patients treated with methadone. METHODS: We performed a randomized controlled non-inferiority trial in patients with nociceptive pain. 82 strong-opioids naive patients with head-and-neck cancer with substantial pain (pain NRS≥4) due to radiation therapy were included...
July 10, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683172/opioids-for-cancer-pain-an-overview-of-cochrane-reviews
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REVIEW
Philip J Wiffen, Bee Wee, Sheena Derry, Rae F Bell, R Andrew Moore
BACKGROUND: Pain is a common symptom with cancer, and 30% to 50% of all people with cancer will experience moderate to severe pain that can have a major negative impact on their quality of life. Opioid (morphine-like) drugs are commonly used to treat moderate or severe cancer pain, and are recommended for this purpose in the World Health Organization (WHO) pain treatment ladder. The most commonly-used opioid drugs are buprenorphine, codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, tramadol, and tapentadol...
July 6, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650702/a-case-report-of-methadone-associated-hypoglycemia-in-an-11-month-old-male
#5
Michael S Toce, Margaret A Stefater, David T Breault, Michele M Burns
BACKGROUND: Methadone is a synthetic μ-opioid receptor agonist that is used in the management of pain, neonatal abstinence withdrawal syndrome, and opioid dependence. Overdose can cause miosis, respiratory depression, and central nervous system depression. Rarely, hypoglycemia has been reported. We present the case of an 11-month-old male who developed hypoketotic, hyperinsulinemic, hypoglycemia after an acute, unintentional methadone exposure. CASE DETAILS: The patient was a previously healthy 11-month-old male who presented in respiratory failure...
June 26, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648162/-treatment-of-acute-pain-in-opioid-addicts
#6
Henrik Rindom, Jette Højsted, Nina Brünés
The challenge of managing acute pain in opioid-addicted patients is a question of fully understanding the pharmacological effects of the illegal drugs and to prevent overdosing or withdrawal symptoms. It requires a thorough knowledge of the patient's daily consumption of legal and illegal drugs and an understanding obtained through an accepting and empathetic communication with the patient. Substitution management aims to prevent opioid withdrawal symptoms and is not a means of managing pain. When planning the pain management the patient must receive at least 25% of the daily methadone dose, recalculated into equipotent substitute morphine...
June 26, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642082/clinical-trial-of-the-effects-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-on-psychological-symptoms-and-metabolic-profiles-in-maintenance-methadone-treatment-patients
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Amir Ghaderi, Hamid Reza Banafshe, Maryam Motmaen, Morad Rasouli-Azad, Fereshteh Bahmani, Zatollah Asemi
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency may be associated with some complications including nonspecific musculoskeletal pain and periodontal disease in maintenance methadone treatment (MMT) patients. This study was designed to determine the effect of vitamin D supplementation on psychological symptoms and metabolic profiles in MMT patients. METHODS: This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial was carried out among 68 MMT patients. Participants were randomly allocated to receive either 50,000IU vitamin D supplements (n=34) or placebo (n=34) every 2weeks for 12weeks...
June 19, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617422/reduced-narcotic-and-sedative-utilization-in-a-nicu-after-implementation-of-pain-management-guidelines
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D Rana, B Bellflower, J Sahni, A J Kaplan, N T Owens, E L Arrindell, A J Talati, R Dhanireddy
OBJECTIVE: To assess the opioid and benzodiazepine usage in a level IV NICU after implementation of pain guidelines. STUDY DESIGN: Guidelines were developed for infants undergoing surgical procedures and infants on mechanical ventilation. Data collected for period 1 (July to December 2013) and period 2 (March to August 2014). RESULTS: Gestational age, birth weight and infants with hypoxic respiratory failure or requiring major procedures were comparable in two periods...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609231/methadone-dose-selection-for-treatment-of-pain-compared-with-consensus-recommendations
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Parisa Karimian, Rabia S Atayee, Toluwalase A Ajayi, Kyle P Edmonds
BACKGROUND: Many factors make methadone an appealing option for treatment of pain in patients seen by palliative care; however, complex drug-related properties and variable patient response complicate appropriate conversion ratios from other opioids to methadone. Currently, there is no consensus regarding one accepted conversion method. OBJECTIVE: Current patterns of prescribing for clinicians at a three-hospital academic health system on initial rotation to methadone for the management of pain were compared with a series of consensus recommendations for methadone dose calculation...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609177/very-low-dose-methadone-to-treat-refractory-neuropathic-pain-in-children-with-cancer
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Kevin Madden, Eduardo Bruera
BACKGROUND: Compared with nociceptive pain, neuropathic pain is a challenging diagnosis to make and successfully treat in children with cancer. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this case report was to see whether very-low-dose methadone (VLDM) (defined as <50% of accepted starting analgesic dose of methadone for children) would be an effective strategy to treat refractory neuropathic pain due to vincristine in two children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. METHODS: This case report is based on the clinical experience and parent-reported outcomes of two children with refractory neuropathic pain who received VLDM...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595642/adherence-to-methadone-maintenance-treatment-and-associated-factors-among-patients-in-vietnamese-mountainside-areas
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Long Hoang Nguyen, Huong Thu Thi Nguyen, Huong Lan Thi Nguyen, Bach Xuan Tran, Carl A Latkin
BACKGROUND: Medication adherence is essential to achieve successful methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). However, treatment adherence among MMT patients in the mountainous setting in Vietnam has not been yet investigated. This study aimed to explore the medication adherence and associated factors in MMT patients in Tuyen Quang, a mountainous province. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in two MMT clinics namely Tuyen Quang and Son Duong. Convenience sampling method was used to recruit patients...
June 8, 2017: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595027/clinical-outcomes-of-start-low-go-slow-methadone-initiation-for-cancer-related-pain-what-s-the-hurry
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Pippa Hawley, Lawrance Chow, Gillian Fyles, Aria Shokoohi, Mary-Jane O'Leary, Matthew Mittelstadt
BACKGROUND: Methadone has been shown to be effective for cancer pain. Most published switching methods are complete in less than three days, requiring very close supervision, usually in an inpatient setting. This need for hospitalization is a barrier to access. We present a large retrospective study of slow outpatient methadone starts and describe our starting method. METHODS: Charts were reviewed of patients referred to the Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care clinics at the six BC Cancer Agency's regional centers that underwent initiation of methadone for analgesia over a 14-year period...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590211/a-systematic-review-of-the-effectiveness-of-palliative-interventions-to-treat-rectal-tenesmus-in-cancer
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Áine Ní Laoire, Lucy Fettes, Fliss Em Murtagh
BACKGROUND: Rectal tenesmus is a distressing symptom in patients with advanced cancer and challenging to treat. There is lack of consensus on the appropriate management of tenesmus in this patient population. AIM: To identify and examine the effectiveness of interventions to palliate rectal tenesmus caused by advanced cancer when surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy are no longer treatment options. DESIGN: A systematic review of the literature following standard systematic review methodology and the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidance...
March 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579821/opioid-analgesics-related-pharmacokinetic-drug-interactions-from-the-perspectives-of-evidence-based-on-randomized-controlled-trials-and-clinical-risk-management
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REVIEW
Xiu-Qin Feng, Ling-Ling Zhu, Quan Zhou
BACKGROUND: Multimorbidity results in complex polypharmacy which may bear a risk of drug interactions. A better understanding of opioid analgesics combination therapy used for pain management could help warrant medication safety, efficacy, and economic relevance. Until now there has been no review summarizing the opioid analgesics-related pharmacokinetic drug interactions from the perspective of evidence based on randomized controlled trials (RCTs). METHOD: A literature search was performed using PubMed, MEDLINE, and the Cochrane Library, using a PRISMA flowchart...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543191/methadone-buprenorphine-and-naltrexone-for-the-treatment-of-opioid-use-disorder-in-pregnant-women
#15
Tran H Tran, Brooke L Griffin, Rebecca H Stone, Kathleen M Vest, Timothy J Todd
Pregnant women with opioid use disorder can be treated with methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone to reduce opioid use and improve retention to treatment. In this review, we compare the pregnancy outcomes of methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone in clinical trials and discuss the potential behavioral and developmental effects of these agents seen in offspring in animal studies. Important clinical considerations in the management of opioid use disorder in pregnant women and their infants are also discussed...
May 24, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540195/conversion-from-prolonged-intravenous-fentanyl-infusion-to-enteral-methadone-in-critically-ill-children
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Vijay Srinivasan, Daniel Pung, Sean P O'Neill
AIM: To describe our institutional experience with conversion from intravenous (IV) fentanyl infusion directly to enteral methadone and occurrence of withdrawal in critically ill mechanically ventilated children exposed to prolonged sedation and analgesia. METHODS: With Institutional Review Board approval, we retrospectively studied consecutively admitted invasively mechanically ventilated children (0-18 years) sedated with IV fentanyl infusion > 5 d and subsequently converted directly to enteral methadone...
May 8, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520735/pain-in-methadone-patients-time-to-address-undertreatment-and-suicide-risk-anrs-methaville-trial
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Sandra Nordmann, Antoine Vilotitch, Caroline Lions, Laurent Michel, Marion Mora, Bruno Spire, Gwenaelle Maradan, Marc-Karim Bendiane, Alain Morel, Perrine Roux, Patrizia Carrieri
BACKGROUND: Pain in opioid-dependent patients is common but data measuring the course of pain (and its correlates) using validated scales in patients initiating methadone treatment are sparse. We aimed to assess pain and its interference in daily life, associated correlates, and undertreatment before and during methadone treatment. METHODS: This is a secondary analysis using longitudinal data of a randomized trial comparing two methadone initiation models. We assessed the effect of methadone initiation and other correlates on pain intensity and interference (using the Brief Pain Inventory) at months 0, 6 and 12 using a mixed multinomial logistic regression model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514508/methadone-for-neuropathic-pain-in-adults
#18
REVIEW
Ewan D McNicol, McKenzie C Ferguson, Roman Schumann
BACKGROUND: This review replaces an earlier review, "Methadone for chronic non-cancer pain in adults". This review serves to update the original and includes only studies of neuropathic pain. Methadone belongs to a class of analgesics known as opioids, that are considered the cornerstone of therapy for moderate-to-severe postsurgical pain and pain due to life-threatening illnesses; however, their use in neuropathic pain is controversial. Methadone has many characteristics that differentiate it from other opioids, which suggests that it may have a different efficacy and safety profile...
May 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495454/intratesticular-and-incisional-line-infiltration-with-ropivacaine-for-castration-in-medetomidine-butorphanol-midazolam-sedated-dogs
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Yishai Kushnir, Noa Toledano, Liat Cohen, Tali Bdolah-Abram, Yael Shilo-Benjamini
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether intratesticular and incisional ropivacaine infiltration produces sufficient intra- and postoperative analgesia for castrating dogs under sedation. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized, blinded, controlled clinical study. ANIMALS: Twenty-three healthy dogs weighing 5.8-35.6 kg admitted for castration. METHODS: Dogs were sedated with medetomidine (0.01 mg kg(-1)), butorphanol (0.2 mg kg(-1)) and midazolam (0...
March 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488910/methadone-induced-neurotoxicity-in-advanced-cancer-a-case-report
#20
Ann M Hoff, Kristopher N Hartwig, Drew A Rosielle
Methadone use as a second-line agent for severe cancer-related pain is increasing in the field of hospice and palliative care. It has a number of qualities that make its use favorable, including lack of known active metabolites and presumed relative safety from adverse effects such as opioid-induced neurotoxicity (OIN). This article describes a case of a patient undergoing treatment of severe cancer-related pain who developed OIN in the setting of oral methadone use. As the use of methadone increases, more research into its pharmacologic and pharmacokinetic properties will be necessary...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
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