WHAT IS METHADONE?
Methadone 40 mg Hydrochloride is an opioid medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Methadone 40 mg Hydrochloride reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the “high” associated with the drug addiction.
Methadone is used as a pain reliever and as part of drug addiction detoxification and maintenance programs. It is available only from a certified pharmacy.
You should not use methadone if you have severe asthma or breathing-problems, or a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
Methadone can slow or stop your breathing, and may be habit-forming. MISUSE OF THIS MEDICINE CAN CAUSE-ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.
Taking this medicine during pregnancy may cause life threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
Fatal side effects can occur if you use this medicine with alcohol, or with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.
Methadone may cause a life-threatening heart rhythm disorder. Call your doctor at once if you have a headache with chest pain and severe dizziness, and fast or pounding heartbeats.
BEFORE TAKING THIS MEDICINE
You should not use methadone if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- severe asthma or breathing problem; or
- a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
Methadone 10 mg Hydrochloride may cause a-life-threatening heart rhythm disorder. Your heart function may need to be checked during treatment.