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Why is this medication prescribed?
Levomethadyl is used in treatment programs for people addicted to narcotics.
How should this medicine be used?
Levomethadyl comes as a liquid to take by mouth. It usually is taken every 2 or 3 days. You must go to an approved clinic to obtain and take levomethadyl. Your doctor will tell you about the proper procedures for enrolling in this kind of treatment program.
Other uses for this medicine
This medication should not be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking levomethadyl,
What should I do if I forget a dose?
It is important that you receive all doses of levomethadyl as scheduled. If you miss a dose, call your doctor to establish a new dosing schedule. Do not use other mood-altering drugs, including alcohol, while your doctor is starting a new dosing schedule. Taking these drugs instead of levomethadyl treatment can be fatal. Levomethadyl should never be taken every day.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Although side effects from levomethadyl are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
If you experience either of the following symptoms or any of hose listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately:
If you are given doses of levomethadyl to take home, keep the medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor, laboratory, and clinic. Your doctor will want to check your response to levomethadyl.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT