KCNH2 polymorphism and methadone dosage interact to enhance QT duration.

BACKGROUND Many drugs increase the duration of the QT interval of patients, potentially leading to harmful effects such as polymorphic ventricular arrhythmias. Most of these drugs do so by inhibiting the rapid component IKr of the delayed rectifier potassium current IK. Methadone is the most prescribed heroin maintenance treatment and is known to inhibit… CONTINUE READING