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Dr. Andrew Germanovich
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Hi i'm on methadone maintenance and i just found out i'm pregnant, what are some risks to my baby from me being on methadone? And side effects?

Dr. Andrew Germanovich
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Hi i'm on methadone maintenance and i just found out i'm pregnant, what are some risks to my baby from me being on methadone? And side effects?

Not many: The baby may go into withdrawal immediately after birth though. Talk to your obstetrician about this. ...Read more

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Methadone (Definition)

Methadone is a synthetic opiate used for pain control and in the rehabilitation of opiate addicts. Methadone used in rehabilitation relieves craving, suppresses withdrawal symptoms, and blocks the euphoric effects associated with ...Read more


Dr. Ron Jones
Board Certified, Pain Management
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What are the long term segative side effects of methadone?

Dr. Ron Jones
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What are the long term segative side effects of methadone?

Many: I personally do not use Methadone as i feel the dangers outweigh any advantage over other opioids. The most significant side effects are that of breathing suppression and heart electrical conduction problems. There are drugs such as suboxone (buprenorphine) for the problem of dependence which are much safer and more effective in my opinion. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Bahman Omrani
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What are the long term side effects of methadone? What about suboxone?

Dr. Bahman Omrani
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What are the long term side effects of methadone? What about suboxone?

Some good ones: Methadone can lead to sudden cardiac death at high doses, half life is not as predictable, can have many drug-drug interactions. Suboxone is considered safer. If doing a risk-to-benefit analysis & the choices are staying on illicits or suboxone, the latter wins. Side effects are outweighed by its benefits in many individuals. The 10 year experience in usa limits the answer to 10 years. ...Read more

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Dr. Leto Quarles
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What are the sexual side effects of methadone use?

Dr. Leto Quarles
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What are the sexual side effects of methadone use?

Impairment: Methadone, like any narcotic, can cause depression of many psychological and physical responses, including sexual responsiveness. It can therefore cause decreased libido (sex drive), impaired arousal (erectile dysfunction or impaired female arousal) and inhibited orgasm. If you have to use a narcotic medication for a prolonged period and it is affecting your sex life, talk to your dr about options. ...Read more

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Dr. Ron Jones
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What are the side effects of methadone for rehab?

Dr. Ron Jones
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What are the side effects of methadone for rehab?

Many: I personally do not use Methadone as i feel the dangers outweigh any advantage over other opioids. The most significant side effects are that of breathing suppression and heart electrical conduction problems. There are drugs such as suboxone (buprenorphine) for the problem of dependence which are much safer and more effective in my opinion. ...Read more

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Dr. Gabriela Centurion
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What are the side effects of methadone tapering?

Dr. Gabriela Centurion
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Opiate withdrawal: Methadone is a long acting opiate and even when tapered slowly, you can expect some discomfort .Anxiety, insomnia, low mood, feeling cold, loose stools are common. Symptoms of withdrawal are more difficult the lower the dose, and can last weeks ...Read more

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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
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What are the side effects of methadone and Xanax when they are taken together?

Dr. Byron Law-Yone
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What are the side effects of methadone and Xanax when they are taken together?

Sedation,and others: Sedation, confusion, lethargy, tiredness, yawning. Increased risk of dependence and addiction. If addicted to either, stopping use is difficult. Withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable. Nausea, vomiting, chills, cramping and aching pain, restlessness, insomnia, agitation, hallucinations and seizures. Very dangerous combination. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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What are the side effects of methadone on newborn?

Dr. Alan Ali
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What are the side effects of methadone on newborn?

Methadone/Newborn: Most common are smaller-than-normal head size, low birth weight & withdrawal symptoms. They develop nas (neonatal abstinence syndrome) with symptoms such as dehydration, fever, diarrhea, excess crying or sucking, eating problems, sleep problems, stuffy nose, shaking, seizures. ...Read more

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Dr. William Newton
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What are the main side effects of methadone (for pain management)?

Dr. William Newton
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What are the main side effects of methadone (for pain management)?

Many: Sedation, decreased breathing rate, nausea, vomiting, itching, altered mental status just to name a few. This is a dangerous pain medication if not under the care of a pain management expert or addiction center if being used for heroin management. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Le
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12 years in practice
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What are side effects of methadone and oxycodone?

Dr. Brian Le
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What are side effects of methadone and oxycodone?

Narcotic side effect: The most frequently observed side effect include lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, nausea, vomiting, and sweating. There are also less frequent side effects like gitation, confusion, dysphoria, euphoria, insomnia, hallucinations, seizures, arrhythmias, bradycardia, cardiomyopathy, ECG abnormalities, flushing, heart failure, itchiness, rash, abdominal pain, anorexia, constipation ..... ...Read more

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