What should I Know Regarding Pregnancy, Nursing and Administering METHADONE HCL to Children or the Elderly?
If you are PREGNANT
- Not Recommended:
If you are NURSING
- Precaution: BREASTFEEDING ACCEPTABLE DURING TREATMENT; MONITOR INFANT FOR RESP DEPRESSION
If you are an adult over 60
- management or monitoring precaution: Pulmonary-DO NOT use in opioid intolerance. Increased risk of fatal respiratory depression due to altered pharmacokinetics. Monitor closely at initiation and dose titration and when giving with other drugs that cause respiratory depression. Consider naloxone Rx. Renal-Start with low dose for renal impairment. Neuro/Psych-Risk for confusion, delirium and falls. Avoid treatment with 3 or more CNS active agents. Cardiovascular-QT prolongation risk; syncope risk.
Giving Haloperidol to a child under 12
- Severe Precaution: Potential increased sensitivity to effects, adverse CNS effects and respiratory depression. Safety, effectiveness, and pharmacokinetics not established in pediatric patients. With any opioid, access to naloxone for emergency reversal can mitigate risk from accidental ingestion/overdose.
- Severe Precaution: Safety, effectiveness, and pharmacokinetics not established in age < 18 years. With any opioid, access to naloxone for emergency reversal can mitigate risk from accidental ingestion/overdose.
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