Methadone Warnings and Precautions
Methadone may not be safe for people who have certain medical conditions, such as asthma, kidney disease, or lung disease of any sort. Precautions and warnings with methadone also extend to people with certain allergies and to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. In addition, some people may need to avoid this drug altogether.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Methadone?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking methadone hydrochloride (Diskets®, Dolophine®, Methadose®) if you have:
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- An irregular heart rhythm
- Heart disease of any kind
- An electrolyte imbalance (such as low potassium levels)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Lung disease of any sort
- A head injury or high intercranial pressure
- Severe abdominal (stomach) pain
- An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- Addison's disease
- An enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.