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Doctor insights on: Why Is It Possible To Take Methadone In Pregnancy I Thought It Was Addictive

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

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

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Is it safe to take welbutrin during pregnancy if you have never ever been on anti depressants? It was given to me for anxiety, but i don't know much a

Is it safe to take welbutrin during pregnancy if you have never ever been on anti depressants? It was given to me for anxiety, but i don't know much a

Depression: I would be skeptical of this medication in your pregnancy. Try using the free anti anxiety app for daily support and methods to contain anxiety, you can read about the app on the soundmindz.Org web site. Go for a second opinion regarding the med suggested, consult with your obgyn especially. Wishing you the best for a healthy baby and healthy mom. ...Read more

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Is there a chance when I take Saphris (asenapine) that it will not sedate me? Only Seroquel has worked most recently but it makes me dreary so I stopped taking it

Is there a chance when I take Saphris (asenapine) that it will not sedate me? Only Seroquel has worked most recently but it makes me dreary so I stopped taking it

Possibly, but....: Seroquel has significant sedating effects; hence it is used frequently to help with sleep. However, even though Saphris (asenapine) typically does not cause similar quality of sedation, it may cause tiredness in susceptible individuals. Keep in mind, esp if you are taking it twice daily. Recommend discussing with your doctor for guidance on timing of dose most appropriate in your particular case. Best. ...Read more

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Is it likely if i take methadone that i'll also fell very nauseous?

Depends on dose: All opioids cause nausea and vomiting, and this is one of their most common side effects. However, if the dose is started low (recommended starting dose for pain treatment is 2.5 mg two to three times/day), nausea is uncommon. In people on Methadone for narcotic addiction, it is not more likely to cause nausea than the opioids they were using-oxycodone, heroin etc.If not prescribed don't take! ...Read more

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Hi yes I take Zoloft (sertraline) and I was wondering if it would show up as benzodiazepines in a hair follicle test the way it would in a urinalysis?

Hi yes I take Zoloft (sertraline) and I was wondering if it would show up as benzodiazepines in a hair follicle test the way it would in a urinalysis?

Yes it will: If you are taking sertraline (Zolof) about one third of time will give false positive for benzodiazepines You should be truthful for job drug screening , if Rx ed medication , your condition will not hinder the job performance a note from your doctor is enough , and be truthful in your application. ...Read more

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I was prescribed Wellbutrin SR 150 and it is helping, but am so scared that I will have a seizure. I'm considering quitting. How common is this?

I was prescribed Wellbutrin SR 150 and it is helping, but am so scared that I will have a seizure. I'm considering quitting. How common is this?

Not common: Each medication or treatment has some risks and you need to balance the risk and benefit. If the medication is helping you with depression, you should continue taking it. You may adjust the dose after discussing it with your doctor.
You may consult this site for information on the drug:
http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-14211/wellbutrin-sr-oral/details#uses
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I have been taking sertraline and sam-e (several hours apart).I've noticed a positive change in my mood, but i read that it can be unsafe to take both. Is it true?

I have been taking sertraline and sam-e (several hours apart).I've noticed a positive change in my mood, but i read that it can be unsafe to take both. Is it true?

Possible, not clear: The mechanism of sam-e (methyl donor for important physiological processes including neurotransmitter metabolism) seems to differ from that of sertraline (inhibiting reuptake of serotonin back into the neuron). However with sam-e, levels of serotonin metabolites & others can increase. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7527320 you might consider stopping the sam-e & seeing how you still feel. ...Read more

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Is it true that i need to take Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for two weeks to get it in my system? No matter if it makes me feel bad

Is it true that i need to take Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for two weeks to get it in my system? No matter if it makes me feel bad

Makes you feel bad?: If a medicine makes you feel bad, you should call & talk with your own doctor about it. S/he would want to know specifically how you're feeling "bad, " so that s/he can either adjust or change the medication. Or work with you on dealing with potential generic Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) problems. This could involve discussion w/your insurance company to pay for brand name -- it doesn't build up in your system. ...Read more

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I took Zoloft (sertraline) for my anxiety but it was too strong, is there something else I can take?

I took Zoloft (sertraline) for my anxiety but it was too strong, is there something else I can take?

Try alternatives: These include: other medications, low low doses, or no medicine and lifestyle changes. Therapy and lifestyle change (especially exercising and healthy eating) can be close to or even as effective as antidepressants for many people. Don't be afraid to try these options, especially if your depression is not severe. ...Read more

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Ambien (zolpidem) seems to take away most of my physical pain-is this possible? Obviously impossible to use it 4 that even if it was rx'd 4 that, is it real?

Ambien (zolpidem) seems to take away most of my physical pain-is this possible? Obviously  impossible to use it 4 that even if it was rx'd 4 that, is it real?

Sleep soothes all: Not sure if it helps pain but anything is possible. More likely helps sleep which overrides pain plus good sleep helps everything. Most docs discourage chronic Ambien (zolpidem) and would continue to look for other causes/ treatments for your pain. ...Read more

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Yes i was wondering if i could break a 10 mg tab of oxycodone in half even though there is not line on it to do so ! thanks so much for your help !

Yes i was wondering if i could break a 10 mg tab of oxycodone in half even though there is not line on it to do so ! thanks so much for your help !

Yes you can: But be aware that it is not a good idea to be using tramadol (ultram) and oxycodone near each other, because the tramadol may actually antagonize the effects of the oxycodone. Oxycodone comes in 5, 10, 20 and 30 mg immediate release strengths, and these can be cut - preferably with a pill cutter. The continuous release forms (oxycontin and generic equivalents) cannot and shouldn't be cut/crushed. ...Read more

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Is it possible to postpone my period if it starts in 2 weeks and I am not on birth control? Is it too late for the pill to help? Age 31 actually, it will be more like 16-20 days

Is it possible to postpone my period if it starts in 2 weeks and I am not on birth control? Is it too late for the pill to help? Age 31 actually, it will be more like 16-20 days

It : It would be safe to start on birth control tablets and postpone your period. Please first take a pregnancy test to be sure that you aren't pregnant, and then it would be safe to start the pill. In addition, there are pills now where you never have a period and that is safe and does not cause harm. Please ask your provider's advice for type of pill. ...Read more

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Currently taking Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and since it has amphetamines in it, I am concerned I would come out as positive for meth in a drug test. Is this possible?

Currently taking Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and since it has amphetamines in it, I am concerned I would come out as positive for meth in a drug test. Is this possible?

It is possible: Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) vs. meth. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is dextroamphetamine. Methamphetamine has the extra Methyl and is a strong oxidant with organic chemicals. A positive drug test in your case should not affect you as long as you disclose the Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) intake as your current medication. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use shea butter during pregnancy? I know it says it is high in a and i thought vitamin a is bad in pregnancy due to birth defects

Is it ok to use shea butter during pregnancy? I know it says it is high in a and i thought vitamin a is bad in pregnancy due to birth defects

It's okay: It is a fat extracted from the nut of the african shea tree. It is a triglyceride (fat) derived mainly from stearic acid and oleic acid. It is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer, salve or lotion. Shea butter is edible and is used in food. Most shea butter is used in cosmetics for moisturizing skin. ...Read more

Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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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