Methadone

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Concern continues to grow regarding the prescribing of Methadone in Cardiovascular patients who suffer from chronic pain. Methadone, a synthetic opiate, is used to relieve several types of ongoing pain, especially for discomforts related to ongoing heart problems.

Patients regularly taking Methadone have been most commonly reported to experience:

  • Heart Arrhythmia
  • Heart Attack
  • Severe Valve Damage
  • Cardio-toxicity

Those taking Methadone are also at risk for unpredictable allergic reactions, as well as sudden death. Methadone can be found under many brand names such as Diskets, Dolophine, and Methadose. It is similar to Morphine as it is considered a narcotic pain reliever, additionally it can be highly addictive to users.

Additional Methadone side effects that patients have experienced:

  • Slowed breathing (even after the drug as worn off)
  • Unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if immediately stopped taking
  • Cannot be combined with alcohol, can be fatal
  • Hallucinations and confusion
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Lightheadedness or faintness

Methadone also comes with various contraindications, that is those drugs that it cannot be combined with, such as Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac, Calan, Covera, Isoptin, and Verelan.

The greatest concern among Methadone users is the risk for unforeseen deadly side effects. Though a history of previous problems with narcotic pain relievers may be a precursor to projecting possible injuries, unfortunately those without a problematic history are still at great risk.

Pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to the medical professionals and patients they provide their products to that they are safe and reliable for use. Responsibility must been taken where error has been made, this error has unfortunately ended and put in danger several innocent live.

If you or a loved one has suffered the devastating effects of Methadone use please contact our firm today. You and your family are entitled to the financial restitution you deserve. Do not hesitate, statute of limitations poses time constraints on litigation limits. Life is too precious, take the first step toward closure by contacting our firm today. Your burdens are our business.

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Prescribed Methadone? Understand the side effects of this drug. Page updated 12/11/2007