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Is methadone safe for pregnant or breast-feeding women?

Methadone is not recommended for use by pregnant or breast-feeding women. It is harmful to the fetus, and can increase the risk of death, sudden infant death syndrome, thrombocytosis, and jaundice. It can affect male reproductive function. Methadone can be passed to a developing fetus or nursing child and cause methadone dependency and symptoms of withdrawal. However, in the case of addiction to narcotic drugs, taking methadone is a better, safer choice than continued use of illegal drugs such as heroin.

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