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Dangers of Methadone

Although most people tolerate methadone hydrochloride (Diskets®, Dolophine®, Methadose®) well, it is not free of dangerous risks. Because this medication is not suitable for everyone, talk to your healthcare provider about possible dangers with methadone that may apply to you before beginning treatment.
For instance, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking (including nonprescription drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements) before you start taking methadone. Dangers of this medication include potential side effects. Some of the most common side effects include:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Sedation
  • Sweating.
Other safety warnings with methadone apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as people who have certain allergies (including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives). Also, you may not be able to take methadone if you have certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease, an electrolyte imbalance, or a lung disease of any sort.
(Click Methadone Side Effects and Methadone Warnings and Precautions for more information on potential methadone dangers to be aware of before starting treatment with this medication. These articles also explain what to tell your healthcare provider before using this medicine and who should avoid it.)
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