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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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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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?

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

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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