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Is it safe to take methadone while pregnant or breastfeeding?

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Dr. Lesley Meister
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Methadone may have an affect on fetal growth, however compared to illicit drug users, fetal outcomes are improved with Methadone users.
Dr. Richard Maughon
Pain Management 24 years experience
It depends. If you were taking the medication to stay off heroin then it's the lesser of two evils. If you are using it for pain management you need to change. The withdrawal syndrome from methadone is impressive. Please consult both your OB and your pain physician for help
Sep 30, 2013
Dr. JAYENDRA SHAH
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 59 years experience
WHAT STAGE R U IN PREGNANCY IS MOST IMPORTANT AND ANSWER IS SIMPLE-AVOID DRUGS IN PREGNANCY IF U CAN
Sep 30, 2013
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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It is contraindicated to stop Methadone mid-pregnancy
Oct 3, 2013
Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management 19 years experience
A bit: Methadone was thought to be safe based on studies comparing heroin using mothers to Methadone using mothers. The Methadone group and babies did better. That doesnt mean Methadone is safe, just safer than heroin. The best choice is no opioids. But if opioids are necessary Methadone up to 20 mg per day might be ok with sufficint pre and postnatal care. Baby will need detox.

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