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Question: Methodone via perscription?

 nyc123 - Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:50 am

My newly spouse has been on Methadone for over 5 years for his previous heroine addiction. He is currently taking 120mg through a clinic which he goes to everyday via his Medicaid insurance. As my spouse, will he be able to go under my insurance and get a prescription for Meth now from either a specialist or Primary care physician? Do doctor's prescribe Meth for maintenance of drug addiction? We obviously don't want to disturb his current medication for fear of withdrawal. He is 31 years old, is starting his undergraduate degree part-time at a prestigious private university and also works.
 Dr. E. Seigle - Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:38 pm

Hi nyc123,

The DEA requires that methadone that is being prescribed for treatment of heroin dependence must be prescribed through a specialized methadone maintenace clinic. The only difference caused by you having private insurance covering your spouse is that the clinic may bill your insurance first before billing Medicaid, assuming that your insurance is what they call "primary". Good luck!

E. Seigle MD

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