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Is methadone safe for long-term use?

Methadone can be taken indefinitely by people addicted to narcotics. Some addicts have used this treatment for years to control withdrawal without serious side effects. Because methadone is addictive, it should not be used for long-term for pain relief, unless there are no other options, or the person has a terminal illness. People taking methadone must be monitored carefully and a doctor will decide how long a course of treatment should last.

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