Methadone is a medication for opioid use disorder. It’s not generally known to raise a person’s blood pressure. However, elevated blood pressure can be a symptom of methadone withdrawal.
Methadone withdrawal does not develop in people who are taking methadone as directed. Experiencing high blood pressure while taking methadone may be a sign of another health issue.
Increased Blood Pressure Caused By Methadone Withdrawal
Methadone is an opioid drug. Withdrawal from opioid drugs like methadone can cause a range of physical and psychological symptoms, including increased blood pressure.
What a normal blood pressure level looks like:
- Less than 120 systolic mm Hg (upper number)
- Less than 80 diastolic mm Hg (lower number)
Methadone withdrawal symptoms can occur if you miss a dose of methadone, or if you try to stop taking methadone too quickly after developing physical dependence.
Opioid withdrawal symptoms may also occur if the dose of methadone a person is taking is not sufficient to meet their needs. In this case, this may be something worth exploring with a doctor.
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Can Methadone Cause Low Blood Pressure?
Methadone can cause decreased blood pressure, due to its depressant effects. Moreover, other factors, including the dose taken, may also influence a low blood pressure reading.
What can cause low blood pressure while taking methadone:
- depressant effects on the nervous system
- taking a very high dose of methadone
- use of methadone with other CNS depressants
- compromised ability to maintain blood pressure
People who plan to take methadone for opioid addiction should inform their doctor of any pre-existing health conditions, including hypotension or hypertension, prior to taking methadone.
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Methadone is a safe and effective treatment for opioid addiction when taken as directed by a doctor.
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- American Heart Association — Understanding Blood Pressure Readings
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) — Methadone
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) — DOLOPHINE (methadone hydrochloride)
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus — Methadone