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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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I am want to quit and reccover from crystal meth addiction and I cannot take methadone or for that matter most all pain med. Makes me sick, will this?

I  am want to quit and reccover from crystal meth addiction and I cannot take methadone or for that matter most all pain med. Makes me sick, will this?

Need inpatient rehab: I would not suggest the use of suboxone for meth addiction. It is really not for that. The use of something as addictive and dangerous as meth requires intensive and highly specialized treatment which is best given in an inpatient setting. ...Read more

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I am about to start methadone for a herion addiction. Will it make me tired and depressed? What antidepressants are safe to take while on methadone?

I am about to start methadone for a herion addiction. Will it make me tired and depressed? What antidepressants are safe to take while on methadone?

Discuss w/ provider: Fatigue does appear to be a frequent complaint and some mood effects are reported, but not depression (major?) specifically. Most anti-depressants warn about risky interaction w/ Methadone but leave it up to the provider to determine how to deal w/ the issue. So, make certain to have a good conversation w/ your provider and work together on decisions about treatment. You can succeed! Best wishes. ...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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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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Aside from methadone, what are the other drugs used to treat addiction?

Aside from methadone, what are the other drugs used to treat addiction?

Let's clarify this: Neither Methadone or buphrenorpine "treat" addiction. They are fda approved to maintain addictions. That's it. In other words, to keep you from withdrawing. Treatment of addiction to opiates requires: commitment, help and a plan. Once you get these 3 things, stick to the plan. Period. In life there are a lot of things that are simple but not easy. This is a great example of "simple, not easy". ...Read more

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How does methadone work for heroin addiction?

How does methadone work for heroin addiction?

Mutual support helps: Methadone replaces the heroin, releasing the addict from the time, energy and legal risks of using heroin. Consider using some of this time and energy to engage in a recovery process involving a mutual support group like narcotics anonymous. ...Read more

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Are morphine tabs (msir) more addictive than methadone?

MS and methadone: I disagree. Both are potent narcotics that can activate the disease of addiction in susceptible patients. The physical withdrawal from Methadone is more prolonged than the withdrawal from morphone but they both can activate addiction. Methadone is used in substitution therapy for other opiate addictions because it gets across the blood-brain barrier more slowly and causes less euphoria & sedation. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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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