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Methadone Warnings and Precautions

Who Should Not Take Methadone?

You should not take methadone if you:
 
  • Are allergic to methadone or any of the inactive components used to make the medication. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.
     
  • Have significant respiratory depression (slow or ineffective breathing due to a variety of causes) that is not treated.
     
  • Have severe asthma or are having an asthma attack.
     
  • Have high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood (hypercarbia).
     
  • Have a bowel obstruction (paralytic ileus).
     

Precautions and Warnings With Methadone: Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which methadone should not be taken, as well as several precautions and warnings people should be aware of before beginning treatment. However, it is possible that not all of the warnings or precautions with methadone were discussed in this article. Therefore, talk with your healthcare provider about the specific safety concerns that may apply to you.
 
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