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Duramorph (PF) injection


Methadone; Morphine/Rifampin

This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug or commencing any course of treatment.

Medical warning:

Moderate. These medicines may cause some risk when taken together. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.

How the interaction occurs:

When these two medicines are taken together, your body may process methadone and morphine more quickly.

What might happen:

Your blood levels of methadone may decrease and cause drug withdrawal. Your blood levels of morphine may decrease and it may not work as well.

What you should do about this interaction:

If you are taking methadone and experience nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, irritability, sleep disturbances, or other symptoms, contact your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist). Your doctor may want to adjust the dose of your medicine.If you are taking morphine and it doesn't seem to be working as well, contact your healthcare professionals. Your doctor may want to adjust the dose of your medicine.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.


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