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Is methadone too dangerous for opiate addiction?: Methadone is still needed in addiction treatments

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 05 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:53
  1. Andrew Byrne, addiction physician1,
  2. Richard Hallinan, addiction physician (
  1. 1 75 Redfern Street, Redfern, NSW 2016, Australia
  2. 2 75 Redfern Street, Redfern, NSW 2016, Australia

    Editor—Luty et al's enthusiasm for buprenorphine over methadone risks losing baby and bath water.1 Some patients fare well on one drug yet poorly on the other, so a choice is needed, as in depression, arthritis, or hypertension. The references cited do not support the assertion that buprenorphine is at least as effective as methadone …

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