Methadone side effects on infants

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i wanted to do what was safest for my child so I went so see a doctor about my pills and being pregnant.... they put me <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Methad<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>e</span> right away ... I was <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> it the whole course of my pregnancy, Ive done research, ive read books and it is 100% safe for the baby... its the safest thing for her to be doing... the baby would go through withdrawl from her pills.... it keep the baby safe... I am still on the Methadone.. (im weening off now....
I've always wanted to stop but it's been a difficult road. My addiction progressed to herion and I ended up <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Methad<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>e</span> maintenence program about four years ago. The first two years were rough but thanks to the grace of God and my family I have been clean now for over a year and a half. My husband and my son have been my anchor to reality and responsibility. My husband does not smoke, drink or use drugs and never has(how we ended up together is a mystery).
Chasnoff's sample, 15% of the infants died of SIDS, more than triple that of heroin or <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Methad<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>e</span> exposed infants. Sleep pattern abnormalities associated with apnea and deep sleep, which may be associated with the greater incidence of SIDS Visual abnormalities which may be associated with retinopathy or damage to the iris. This is thought to be related either to actual damage caused by the cocaine and/or the premature birth associated with such use.
and I have not for a year now...the only thing I know is that being <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> suboxone is like being <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Methad<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>e</span>...and I've heard that Babies w/d from Methadone is only a few days and sometimes not at all. But that is just what I've heard and read!! And i asked a doctor another forum what he thought would be best and he said not to w/d while pregnant it could be very stressful on the fetus and if the baby has to go through w/d that it would be better outside of the womb. But it still hasn't helped me.
So I was sent to see a pain specialist. They are thinking of putting me <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> either Oxycotin or <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Methad<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>e</span>. The problem is that my husband and I would like to have a baby in the near future. I was wondering if one was would be considered safer than the other to take while pregnant. I am also on Klonapin for an anxiety disorder, which I believe I will have to try and come off of before we try to have a baby.
Researchers have not identified consistent long-term Effects of prenatal <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Methad<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>e</span> exposure and speculate that these <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Effects</span> largely depend <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> a combination of biologic and environmental factors (Rosen & Johnson 1985; Chasnoff 1985; Johnson, Rosen, & Glassman 1983). Heroin and other opiates, including Methadone, can cause significant withdrawal in the baby, with some symptoms lasting as long as four to six months.
When you look at the side <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Effects</span>... Half of them read 'committing suicide,dreams,yelling screaming, going crazy, pain, hallucinations.' "My son would be crying and laughing at the same time, I have video of him screaming and tripping out of his mind. We had to get his liver tested every 6months. The medicine was killing him. He'd had a grand mal seizure that lasted an hour and a half. He'd been in an ambulance 45 times in the last year. Seeing your son in an ambulance, it just kills you.
No! You just have this Disease of Addiction. I have apparently had this for the last 40 years from using here & there until the opiates/Methadone really got me. Have you been getting any out side support?? Going to meetings, church, therapist, etc..? It is really hard work to stay clean, but I have noticed it eases up a bit as far as cravings go. BUT I could never, ever do this alone. Me, Myself and I do not get along..So now I make it a WE thing.
I am and have been detoxing off of Methadone for awhile and I still have not even once felt I wanted a pain killer, this is just me, everyone is effected differently. I didnt like the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Effects</span> of meth. I was nodding off. I was never <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> a hi dose either. I have gained 30 lbs, I am always sleepy, I feel awful. So I decided to do a slow detox. It goes ok until u get to arnd 20mgs. I have been going down 5 mgs a week. I start 5 tmrw, and I am at my last dose this Sunday.
I just wanted to add that I am tapering off <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Methad<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>e</span> imon 20 mg. I in the past foru days have been taking vitamin c adn vitamin b (b's) supplements ladn it has worked awesome!! I have so much energy and feel great. I got addicted to the rush and high Methadone got me, mainly cause i was wanting to be supermom and do everything. I take this instead of the drugs and it safe and healthy for me.
If you start heroin addicts (the ones that can't get sober <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> their own) <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Methad<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>e</span> maintenance programs, then the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Methad<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>e</span> clinic could handle the tx of these individuals. How do you pay for all of this? Well who is going to pay for it when they all get sick from their disease? I didn't get sober until someone showed me love and compassion.
Cimetidine, furazolidone, MAO inhibitors (eg, phenelzine ), phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine), or sodium oxybate (GHB) because the risk of side <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Effects</span> such as severe drowsiness, slow or difficult breathing, confusion, and seizures may be increased Buprenorphine, butorphanol, nalbuphine, naltrexone, or pentazocine because the effectiveness of Oxycodone may be decreased This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur.
I was hit by a drunk driver, I have a frozen shoulder, nerve damage <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> one side from my head down neck and arm and a torn labrum in hip. I have been on meds prescribed by and monitored by my dr. Throughout my pregnancy. They have to take her early bc she's a healthy big baby and my hip won't hold anymore. You know nothing of pain or pain medication use during pregnancy.
ACTIC (FENTAYL LOLLIPOPS) AND THEN SWITCHED TO THE FENTAYL PATCHES, I SWITHCED DOCTORS AND WAS TAKEN OFF FENTAYL THEN LOST MY INSURANCE AND PUT <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>Methad<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>e</span> AND OXYCODonE, I AGAIN SWITCHED DOCTORS AND CURRENTLY <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> OXYCADonE 30MG 8 A DAY AS WELL AS XANAX WHICH I AM BEING TAPPERED OFF OF NOW, THEN MY OB WANTS TO TAPPER THE OXYCODonE I Don'T WANT TO HURT MY BABY IN NO WAY BUT AT THE SAME TIME I'M WonDERING WHAT KIND OF SEVERE PAIN I WILL BE IN WHEN I AM OFF OF THE PAIN MEDS, BUT I Don'T WANT MY B
I believe I have always erred <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> the side of caution. I get a warning almost everytime.Please understand how hard that is to do: Help but not break the rules. It's exhausting sometimes because these are real folks and they trust the forum and will not call a doctor. I'm going to have to give it up which is too bad but it's too hard now. The thing is here,and I agree with Matt because we're twins, is that this becomes a HUGE issue when we're talking about barbs and benzos.
Then I will take my hand and rub all 4 fingers and push <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> the one side of my head really hard and then squeeze the meat together so it feels like it isn't there. I do it so much that it rubs the meat on my head raw. I push really hard and it is starting to feel like it is sinking down where i push my 4 fingers, but the scary part is, I got a X-Ray done and the doc said everything was good, but i can't stop and thats what scares me.
There is an enormous black market in pain medications everywhere in the country. I am looking at a DEA report <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> the retail price of pain meds <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> the street for the month of August for California. $10 - $120 per pill for Oxycontin, $10 - $75 for Fentanyl patches, and so on through every pain pill I've ever heard of.. Every one of these pills came from someone who told their doctor they were in pain.
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What I am trying to say is that I have tried everything else and the pain medication works for me. No side affects. What can I say to my doctor <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> tuesday that will convince her. I have ALL of my records of knee surgerys and knee replacement.
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