Methadone Side Effects

Methadone is a potent synthetic opioid painkiller used to manage severe chronic pain or fight opioid dependence. The drug’s low cost and powerful, long-lasting effects contribute to its popularity. Because of these factors, determining a safe and proper methadone dosage for patients requires the careful attention of healthcare professionals. And even when the drug is used as directed, patients have overdosed and died.

If someone you love suffered an overdose and died after taking methadone as directed, Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough can help. Our experienced legal team has been defending injured victims since 1981. Don’t wait, let our methadone injury lawyers protect your rights—just dial (866) 589-0257 or complete our free initial consultation form.

Serious Methadone Health Risks

The optimal dose of methadone varies between patients, and determining a safe dosage requires close medical supervision. Fatal methadone overdoses can be caused by the negligence of a pharmacist, lack of proper information about the drug, or even doctor error.

In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning stating that methadone can cause slow or shallow breathing and dangerous changes in heartbeat when used to manage pain. The FDA warning also cautioned healthcare professionals and patients to be aware of signs of an overdose, which include:

  • blue fingernails and lips,
  • breathing problems,
  • cold, clammy skin,
  • coma,
  • disorientation,
  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness,
  • fatigue,
  • muscle twitching,
  • and weakness.

Seek immediate medical attention if someone you care about is taking methadone and exhibits any of these symptoms.

Experienced Legal Representation

You aren’t alone if you’ve lost a loved one to a methadone overdose. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury attorneys can help you win the compensation you need for the expenses related to your loved one’s death. We’ve been helping injured victims and their families for more than 30 years, and we want to help you, too. So don’t wait—let us protect your legal rights today.