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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Methadone While Pregnant (Overview)

Methadone while pregnant is not ideal. Newborns experience significant withdrawal symptoms upon birth. Other effects include smaller-than-normal head size and low birth weight. However, for pregnant women addicted to opiates such as heroin, methadone can relieve craving, suppress withdrawal symptoms, and block the euphoric effects associated with opiates.


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Is it safe to use methadone while pregnant?

Is it safe to use methadone while pregnant?

Yes: Methodone is safe for detox or maintanence during pregnancy while under the care of your ob. Methadone use in pregnancy has been associated with lower birth weights. But is far safer in contrast to narcotic abuse, especially cocaine, which is associated preterm labor and placental abruption. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
5 Doctors shared insights

Methadone While Pregnant (Overview)

Methadone while pregnant is not ideal. Newborns experience significant withdrawal symptoms upon birth. Other effects include smaller-than-normal head size and low birth weight. However, for pregnant women addicted to opiates such as heroin, methadone can relieve craving, suppress withdrawal symptoms, and block the euphoric effects associated with opiates.


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Does being on methadone while pregnant make you deliver before your due date?

Does being on methadone while pregnant make you deliver before your due date?

Good question!: Methadone has many effects on the gravid body and has been linked to increased risk for preterm birth by 2.5-fold in comparison to women not on Methadone (including preterm birth <32 weeks). If the alternative is heroin, then Methadone is just fine - however it is not innocuous. Women on Methadone should be followed by a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and a psychiatrist/drug abuse specialist. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take acetominophen pm with methadone while pregnant?

Yes, if needed.: Methadone does affect the fetus, but is better than heroin. Please make sure you are seeing a high-risk obstetrician and a psychiatrist of drug addiction for these issues! The baby may suffer from opiate withdrawal in the nicu! ...Read more

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Is it safe to take methadone while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take methadone while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: Methadone may have an affect on fetal growth, however compared to illicit drug users, fetal outcomes are improved with Methadone users. ...Read more

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Can you get a methadone detox while pregnant?

Can you get a methadone detox while pregnant?

Safe during pregnanc: If you are on Methadone and pregnant, continue taking it.
Methadone under supervision is safe to take.
For many patients, Methadone doses increase, as it is metabolized more rapidly in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can you take methadone while you're pregnant?

Yes: Yes. You and your baby will be addicted and your baby will have to detox after birth. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of a woman that took methadone while she was pregnant?

Can you tell me of a woman that took methadone while she was pregnant?

Yes,: It is contraindicated to attempt to come off it during pregnancy because lowering the dose or withdrawal can lead to a spontaneous loss of the baby. Pregnant women have been treated with Methadone for more than 25 years and neither Methadone nor other opiates have been shown to directly cause birth defects.
Methadoneandpregnancy. Com. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the effects of using methadone and loratabs while pregnant?

Can you tell me the effects of using methadone and loratabs while pregnant?

Infant Withdrawal: You may be ok as long as you are being supervised by your ob/gyn doctor, however your baby will be dependent on these medications and may go through withdrawal after delivery. You may need to have your baby in the nicu after delivery to make sure they keep them healthy through the withdrawal process. ...Read more

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What can I expect taking methadone while 13 weeks pregnant?

Fetal addiction: The dose you need to avoid withdrawal may increase as your pregnancy progresses. Your child will be addicted at birth and will have to detox in the nicu. Not the end of the world, but not how you'd hope he/she would start out life. ...Read more

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What number of mgs. Of methadone is considered safe while pregnant?

What number of mgs. Of methadone is considered safe while pregnant?

No safe amount: There is no safe amount of Methadone for you or baby while your pregnant, however you should discuss your options with your ob/gyn. Many times medications like opioids are safely prescribed during pregnancy so it would be best to consult with your ob/gyn and possibly a pain specialist as well. ...Read more

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Can methadone be safe during pregnancy?

Yes,: It is contraindicated to attempt to come off it during pregnancy because lowering the dose or withdrawal can lead to a spontaneous loss of the baby. Pregnant women have been treated with Methadone for more than 25 years and neither Methadone or other opiates have not been shown to directly cause birth defects.
Methadoneandpregnancy. Com. ...Read more

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I've been on methadone 4 5yrs and doing well. I'm terrified because I'm 15wks pregnant and I want to have an abortion. Do I have 2 tell them?

I've been on methadone 4 5yrs and doing well. I'm terrified because I'm 15wks pregnant and I want to have an abortion. Do I have 2 tell them?

YES TELL THE OB: If you have been on methadone for 5 years, wether for chronic pain or preventing Heroin relapse. All doctors need to know the dose and be aware of ALL MEDS you are on. Discuss with OB and Anesthesia. It can effect the anesthetic agents used wether you have a TAB or decide to carry the fetus to term. Also postop they have to monitor for withdrawal. TELL ALL YOUR DOCS. OB/Anesthesia/Addiction ASAP ...Read more

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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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Why is it possible to take methadone in pregnancy? I thought it was addictive.

It is: Methadone safety in pregnancy was determined by comparing heroin addicts versus Methadone maintenance patients in large studies. The patients on Methadone and their babies did better than the actively using heroin group. This just means Methadone is better than heroin, not that Methadone is better than no methadone. It is an addictive opioid and no Methadone is better than some for a baby. ...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?

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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What happens if you are pregnant can your regular obgyn precribe methadone to you?

Not for addiction: If you are using other opioids to the point where you are not just physically dependent but addicted to them, it is NOT legal for any physician to prescribe methadone to treat the addiction. This requires a state and Federally licensed methadone treatment program. However, for treatment of pain, physicians can prescribe methadone. However, few OB/GYNs would be comfortable or trained to do that. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

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/. ...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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If you are pregnant and wish to get on methadone through pregnancy is the obgyn required to contact cps?

Discuss with your OB: Methadone can be used to treat patients during pregnancy. It is generally recommended to start treatment as early as possible for the best outcomes. Your provider may initiate treatment in an inpatient setting to monitor for side effects and how you respond to starting dosages before outpatient management. You may also connect with support staff to ensure you and baby get proper prenatal care ...Read more

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In what cases would a doctor prescribe a pregnant woman methadone?

Opioid addiction: Methadone is the treatment of choice for pregnant women who have a history of opioid (heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, other pain pills) addiction. Methadone is well-studied in pregnant women, and is safe for a pregnant woman and her fetus. ...Read more

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I have been clean for 4months now I'm n a sober living I'm 20weeks pregnant and on methadone. This morning I had sex with my boyfriend who uses meth I?

I have been clean for 4months now I'm n a sober living I'm 20weeks pregnant and on methadone. This morning I had sex with my boyfriend who uses meth I?

Staying Sober: Congratulations on getting sober. Continue working with your support group. As you know separating your self from other users is key to your success. IF your boyfriend is continuing to use Meth then this is not a safe environment for you or your baby. ...Read more

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Period on 2/23/14 used nuvaring to jumpstart period, as methadone has stopped my cycle. Want pregnancy, as of a few days ago negative test. No period?

Period on 2/23/14 used nuvaring to jumpstart period, as methadone has stopped my cycle. Want pregnancy, as of a few days ago negative test. No period?

Need Endo Evaluation: Your ob/gyn should be able to do hormonal testing to see how affected your female hormones are. There are a variety of things that can boost your hormones if they are low but this all needs to start with your ob/gyn doctor. ...Read more

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My girlfriend got pregnant while taking suboxene. She stopped taking it, and is now having withdrawals. Her obgyn told her to go to a methadone clinic. Is she serious?

My girlfriend got pregnant while taking suboxene. She stopped taking it, and is now having withdrawals. Her obgyn told her to go to a methadone clinic. Is she serious?

Yes: Yes I believe she is serious. Methadone has been used successfully and safely with pregnant women for over 30 years. Methadone has proven to be safe during pregnancy with little risk to mother and infant, and is actually necessary to prevent relapse.
So if your goal is to keep mom and baby safe, I suggest you take the advice that the doctor has given.
All the best to you, your girlfriend, and baby on the way. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Stuart Wasser
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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