Is it safe to switch from methadone to hydrocodone for pain relief?

Is it safe to switch from methadone to hydrocodone for pain relief?
Published on, 15 November, 2023. Answered by Dr. D. Naga Satishbabu Doguparthy and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,

 

I'm concerned about my well-being. Can you provide guidance on the safety of transitioning from methadone to hydrocodone? I've stopped methadone and need to know if it's safe to start hydrocodone.

 

Hello,

Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.

 

It is advisable to wait until after discontinuing methadone before taking hydrocodone. Methadone can block the activity of hydrocodone, preventing effective pain relief. Once methadone has been stopped, you can start taking hydrocodone for pain management.

 

However, it is crucial to follow any specific instructions or recommendations provided by your healthcare provider to ensure a safe transition and optimal pain control.

 

Thanks

 


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