METHADONE HCL Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • low blood pressure

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • constipation
  • drowsiness
  • fainting
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • generalized weakness

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • confusion
  • slow heartbeat
  • decreased lung function
  • trouble breathing
  • fast heartbeat

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • false sense of well-being
  • a change in vision
  • orthostatic hypotension, a form of low blood pressure
  • dry mouth
  • spasm of a bile duct tract
  • a spasm of the ureter
  • difficulty sleeping
  • excessive sweating
  • decreased appetite
  • headache
  • decreased urine production
  • stomach cramps
  • nervousness

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • a high prolactin level
  • decreased function of the adrenal gland
  • deficiency of a substance that promotes masculinization
  • low amount of magnesium in the blood
  • low amount of potassium in the blood
  • addiction to a drug
  • serotonin syndrome, a type of disorder with high serotonin levels
  • increased spinal fluid pressure
  • torsades de pointes, a type of abnormal heart rhythm
  • ventricular fibrillation, a heart rhythm disorder
  • complete stoppage of the heart
  • prolonged QT interval on EKG
  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • heart failure
  • fluid in the lungs
  • lung failure causing loss of breath
  • itching
  • hives
  • a condition with muscle tissue breakdown called rhabdomyolysis
  • hallucinations
  • seizures
  • sleep apnea
  • a skin rash
  • a condition where the body is unable to maintain adequate blood flow called shock
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • accidental falls

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • altered interest in having sexual intercourse
  • agitation
  • depression
  • a painful, red or swollen tongue
  • low sperm count
  • the inability to have an erection
  • visible water retention
  • temporary redness of face and neck
  • weight gain
  • heart throbbing or pounding
  • a delay when starting to urinate
  • inflammation of the vein, or phlebitis after infusion

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