methadone - oral, Dolophine, Methadose
GENERIC NAME: METHADONE - ORAL (METH-uh-doan)
BRAND NAME(S): Dolophine, Methadose
WARNING: Methadone has caused very serious (possibly fatal) breathing and heart rhythm problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, torsades de pointes). These problems are more likely to occur when this medication is first started or when the dose is increased. Breathing problems may occur a while after you take your dose (for example, more than 8 hours later). Carefully follow your doctor's directions on how to take the medication. Even if this medication is not working well, do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than prescribed without first consulting your doctor. It may sometimes take 3 to 5 days before you get the full benefit of pain relief from this medication. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop symptoms of breathing and heart rhythm problems, such as slow/shallow breathing, fast/irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, or fainting.
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