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Are there any risks in taking methadone?

A risk of taking methadone is that it can cause shallow or difficult breathing and an irregular heartbeat, which can be life-threatening. The risk is highest when methadone is started, when another narcotic is switched to methadone and when the dosage is increased. Methadone can be addictive and cause withdrawal symptoms if stopped suddenly. Pregnant or breastfeeding women can pass methadone to the developing fetus or nursing infant. Methadone can interact with medications or worsen certain conditions.

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