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A 41-year-old member asked:

Which is better, suboxone or methadone for detoxing from heroin, while 6 months pregnant?

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Dr. James Wells
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Which better not clear: Both Methadone and Suboxone would be better than heroin. Which of the two likely better than the other given 6 mos into pregnancy is not entirely clear. Methadone, the older drug, is often preferred during pregnancy, though pregnancy class d. Some evidence to suggest less neonatal opioid dependence occurs with suboxone, pregnancy class c. Ref: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc3271614/.
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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Data suggests that detox using methadone or suboxone during or outside of pregnancy is not the optimum treatment intervention early in recovery. Early in recovery the best use of these meds to get on maintenance treatment (MT). Methadone MT during pregnancy has more data supporting it's use, but Suboxone MT during pregnancy may lead to less time for new born in ICU.
Jan 11, 2014

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is better for detoxing from heroin, methadone or suboxone, while 6 months pregnant?

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Dr. George Arcos
Pain Management 39 years experience
Suboxone: Suboxone (buprenorphine) has an improved safety profile compared to methadone. Methadone has a very unpredictable elimination half-life in the body, and therefore, a higher risk profile.
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