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Is methadone a cause of pernicious anemia?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: I wish every question were this easy to answer. Methadone treatment is a great blessing for many people. Classic pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disease involving the stomach interfering with B12 absorption. It is possible for a person taking Methadone to develop it, but it would be a coincidence.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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No: Unaware of any association. True pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disease, caused by antibodies to the cells in our stomachs that produce intrinsic factor, which is needed to absorb vitamin B12 from our intestines. It may be hereditary or acquired. There are other causes of B12 deficiency, including stomach and intestinal diseases/surgery, and lack of B12 in diet. A hematologist can help.
Dr. Stephen Kibrick
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Not likely: Methadone is a very strong opioid medication, with a long list of serious side effects. But pernicious anemia is NOT one of them. Contact your doctor for specific information about your case, re your anemia and specific doses of methadone you are taking. Anemia may be related to other meds you are taking, or an underlying illness. Check with your MD.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of symptoms in pernicious anemia?

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Dr. Robert Lang
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Lack of vitamin B12: Pernicious anemia is due to a lack of vitamin b12. B12 is necessary for the normal function of the nervous system and the formation of red blood cells.
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What are the causes of pernicious anemia?

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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology 38 years experience
Autoimmune disease: Pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disease producing autoantibodies against intrinsic factor found in the lining of the stomach. This leads to lack of absorption of vitamin B12 which is important in making blood cells and for nourishment of the nervous system. Treatment would be by replacement of B12 via injections or absorption into the body by other means (nasal spray).

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