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I, m 34 yrs and going to be 35 soon am on 65mls methadone and want a 2nd child can I do a quick detox once im pregnant as don't want to wait to cut down?

I, m 34 yrs and going to be 35 soon am on 65mls methadone and want a 2nd child can I do a quick detox once im pregnant as don't want to wait to cut down?

If you are ready: You need to do it before you become pregnant. And that is if you are ready- have a support system, not using any other drugs of abuse or alcohol. It is not recommended to detox in the first trimester because of potential for miscarriage, or in the last trimester because of other complications. So only the middle 12 weeks is available, when it is more difficult to detox. Talk to counselor/nurse/doc. ...Read more

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Methadone (Definition)

Methadone is a synthetic opiate used for pain control and in the rehabilitation of opiate addicts. Methadone used in rehabilitation relieves craving, suppresses withdrawal symptoms, and blocks the euphoric effects associated with ...Read more


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My husband is on 70mg daily of methadone. But he has a child from a previous relationship pre methadone. Will he be able to get me pregnant?

My husband is on 70mg daily of methadone. But he has a child from a previous relationship pre methadone. Will he be able to get me pregnant?

Could be challenging: Long term methadone use in males has been associated with decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, and damage to sperm. If your husband had no problems with fertility before you will find out soon enough what the issues may be now. Stopping methadone can reverse such effects.
Contact me at: www. Healthtap. Com/dr-saghafi and use Key Code: PDXFNR for more questions or discussions on this matter. ...Read more

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My friend is 7monthspregnant and takes methadone w/o dr. Order. She insists her baby is fine. Is this safe for the baby?

My friend is 7monthspregnant and takes methadone w/o dr. Order. She insists her baby is fine. Is this safe for the baby?

Danger Zone: It sounds like you friend is in denial. Using methadone that is not prescribed is illegal and can be dangerous to health. If she is not willing to be frank with her doctor and get hep for her drug abuse - then notifying obstetrician or child protective services are two options. ...Read more

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Will the baby be affected if I take methadone?

Will the baby be affected if I take methadone?

Yes: Don't use Methadone with pregnancy. If you are or have, inform your obstetrician immediately. You may need to see a maternal-fetal specialist in consultation and you may need a high risk nursery specialist at delivery. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my friend is 7monthspregnant and takes methadone w/o dr. Order. She insists her baby is fine. What do you think?

What do you suggest if my friend is 7monthspregnant and takes methadone w/o dr. Order. She insists her baby is fine. What do you think?

Methadone & pregnant: Taking non-prescribed methadone while pregnant is dangerous! If not rx'ed, it can't be known what else may be in the "meth" and what other substances, are being ingested. The best choice ur friend could make is to TELL HER MD. In so doing, she may be transitioned to rx'ed methadone, get safe prenatal care, & avoid the trauma of being separated from baby when tox+ at delivery. TELL MD & get care! ...Read more

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Will it harm baby if I breastfeed while I'm on methadone? Please answer asap...

Well, likely not but: It is a dose dependant response. We use post op opiods all the time without an issue. Did u just start it or we're u on it in pregnancy? What is the dosage? What have u been doing thus far and how has the baby responded? Generally the transfer into breast milk and serum concentration will be low in a baby but it is dose dependant and response based on fetal exposure. I don't wanna give bad info. ...Read more

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How long will my baby be in the hospital after birth since I've been on 70 mg of methadone daily?

How long will my baby be in the hospital after birth since I've been on 70 mg of methadone daily?

So many answers: Best to address this with the pediatrician - it really depends so much on how your baby is tolerating things, if withdrawing and if so, how badly.

Ask your baby's doc to get clearer answers. ...Read more

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On 50mg methadone 3months pg&wanna breastfeed but will I b passing methadone to baby, is it safe for baby? Help

On 50mg methadone 3months pg&wanna breastfeed but will I b passing methadone to baby, is it safe for baby? Help

Yes: All opoids are passed through the breast milk to the baby.
In a baby it can cause sedation, cardiac problems and withdrawal symptoms.in a child the half life is 19hrs where it stays in the blood stream of the baby
unless very actively monitored. You should give formula to the baby while you are taking the drug ...Read more

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Considering adopting a baby exposed to cocaine, heroin and methadone. What are the worst case scenarios from these exposures, besides withdrawals?

Considering adopting a baby exposed to cocaine, heroin and methadone. What are the worst case scenarios from these exposures, besides withdrawals?

Congratulations: On considering helping this child. Any parenting brings w/it a future of unknowns. The risk of negatives increases w/a history such as the one you mention. This child MAY be at risk for more behavioral and mood problems than children w/out this history. Here is a link
http://www. Cbsnews. Com/news/moms-meth-use-during-pregnancy-causes-kids-behavioral-problems/
Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can methadone cause my unborn baby to have less movement while in the womb?

Yes: Almost any medication passes through the placenta and into the baby. Methadone is an opiate, and a major side effects is sedation. It can make you and your baby less active, lethargic, and many other side effects. Does your OB know you are on maethadone? ...Read more

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I was on methadone until 31 weeks pregnant. I'm no longer taking it, Will my baby be ok?

Depends: If your doctor tapered you off the methadone appropriately and under their medical supervision, everything will probably be fine as long as you don't relapse and go through withdrawal episodes. You should stay involved with treatment and follow up with your addiction/psychiatric and obstetric providers as requested. ...Read more

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I've been having sudden hot flashes, chills, lightheaded, & chest tightens. All comes & goes. 39yr old f, on methadone, just had baby 2012.

I've been having sudden hot flashes, chills, lightheaded, & chest tightens. All comes & goes. 39yr old f, on methadone, just had baby 2012.

See a doctor ASAP: This needs a full history and exam and face to face conversation with a real doctor. Not possible over the internet. Hope you get better soon. ...Read more

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EXTREME hair loss over past several months. Had baby 10mo ago. Also on methadone for pain for past 6mo. Which is more likely to be causing hair loss?

EXTREME hair loss over past several months. Had baby 10mo ago. Also on methadone for pain for past 6mo. Which is more likely to be causing hair loss?

Not the methadone: There are a number of drugs which can be associated with hair loss, but I have not seen, heard of or read about this occuring with methadone. Post-partum hair loss, however, is well described and is likely the cause. Talk to your PCP and see about getting a dermatology referral. ...Read more

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Woman just found out she is 7 1/2 months pregnant and has been taking trazadone, lorazapam, methadone, sodium bi carbonate, lac pregnant she has also been takin lactolose lithium cumadin warafarin alcohol what is gonna be wrong with the baby

Woman just found out she is 7 1/2 months pregnant and has been taking trazadone, lorazapam, methadone, sodium bi carbonate, lac pregnant she has also been takin lactolose lithium cumadin warafarin alcohol what is gonna be wrong with the baby

The: The most important thing in this complicated situation is that the patient closely establish with a gynecologist so that she can have a complete evaluation including an ultrasound. Although all medications carry risks during pregnancy, in the majority of cases the baby is fine. Of course with Methadone there are risks of addiction at birth so the baby will need to be monitored closely, and Coumadin (warfarin) is a blood thinner that can't be taken during pregnancy but there alternatives such as variants of heparin. ...Read more

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I'm coming off of methadone can I take soboxone to feel better? I've been away from where I live and haven't taken my methadone for 2 days

Methadone & Suboxone: You need to stop Methadone for several days and be in full withdraw for Suboxone induction. Mixing Methadone and Suboxone would cause withdrawal.
The dosage for Suboxone will be determined by your doctor during the induction.
Please see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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If I took methadone a couple of days ago, would it be more dangerous then it usually would to take mdma, beacouse of the methadone that still haven't left the body, or what's the deal here?

They don't interact: Both drugs are clearly harmful for different reasons. Methadone is an opiate which can suppress respiration, or lead to overdose. Mdma can have damaging effects on the brain with even a single use. ...Read more

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So if you take methadone for the past two years can you or can't you have kids?

Yes: Yes you can but you need to get off the methadone first or your baby will almost certainly be affected. ...Read more

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How did I test positive for methadone on a instant test and I haven't used any drugs or meds?

Methadone: The quick test (dip stick) is good to get a quick idea. However, its not very specific and false positive results are not uncommon. In an instance like this the specimen must be sent to the lab for confirmation. ...Read more

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What medications show up as methadone in your system I haven't taken it why did it show up in my drug screen?

Several possiblities: Three commonly used medications can cause false positive methadone tests on the screening test - two antihistamines commonly used - diphenhydramine (Benadryl®) and doxylamine (Unisom®). Also, Seroquel® (quetiapine), a commonly used antipsychotic and anti-anxiety medication can do this. However, confirmatory tests should show that it is a FALSE positive. ...Read more

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Do I have to take 2 urine tests one is a methadone and the other a drug panel if the dr didn't discuss them to me?

Drug Testing: Pain: Pain management allows a physician to demand regular screening for drugs, especially those they are prescribing. If you do not do the drug screening the physician has a right to stop prescribing the medications you are on. ...Read more

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Does it make it harder to loss weight by exercising and eating healthy when on 170 mg of methadone? I can't loss this 16lbs I gained in 4 months.

Does it make it harder to loss weight by exercising and eating healthy when on 170 mg of methadone? I can't loss this 16lbs I gained in 4 months.

Possibly: That's a high dose and will interfere with the function of the hypothalamus and reduce the levels of anabolic hormones like testosterone and estrogen. This can less to increased appetite, decreased metabolic rate and weight gain. ...Read more

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I have tested pos for opiates 3 times in a methadone program. I only taken the methadone they gave me, how is this possible? I really haven't used

I have tested pos for opiates 3 times in a methadone program. I only taken the methadone they gave me, how is this possible? I really haven't used

It's an opiate!: Methadone (just like morphine, heroin, codeine, oxycodone, opium & hydromorphone) is an opiate. If you're CERTAIN your aren't ingesting any other opiate, then only methadone should show up on your drug tests. However, office based urine drug screens can give false positive results for other drugs. If there's any question, they should be followed up by a confirmation test. ...Read more

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My partner has injected targin and in on methadone he is very sick and withdrawaling as I write to you won't stay still he's freezing please help?

My partner has injected targin and in on methadone he is very sick and withdrawaling as I write to you won't stay still he's freezing please help?

Poison help line: Think your best option is to either call 911 or Poison Control Center (800-222-1222), wishing the best for you and your partner. ...Read more

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My doc wants me to cut my methadone from 20 mg a day to 10 mg. I've tried but haven't been able to yet. What's my doc going to do when I go back to he?

My doc wants me to cut my methadone from 20 mg a day to 10 mg. I've tried but haven't been able to yet. What's my doc going to do when I go back to he?

Too fast a taper: Your doctor knows your specifics, but I have have worked in a Methadone treatment clinic in the past and would never think of cutting a dose from 20mg to 10 mg. I would recommend that you return and tell him that you will require a slower and more humane taper. We would typically cut the dose from 1-2 mg per month in someone on chronic treatment. If tx has been acute, then 2 mg taper every 3 days. ...Read more