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What are risks of taking methadone?

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You can become dependent on it. Your brain may begin to rely on the pain relief it brings.

Even though the effects are milder than other opioids, your body can still adapt to it. This means you’ll need to take more to feel the same relief from pain or withdrawal symptoms, which can lead to abuse and addiction. Your doctor will call this tolerance.

No two people react the same to methadone. Your doctor calculates the dose that’s right for you. Changing it can lead to dangerous side effects or an overdose.

From: What Is Methadone? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 19, 2017
Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 19, 2017

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