Methadone withdrawal newborns

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and the anxiety of what is going to happen when it runs out and I have nothing to take? Should I go on methadone? Should I ask my ob/gyn for methadone? I have told her that I am taking pain pills she said be careful it is hard when you have such pain and are on so much, but to not go thru withdrawal. She knows I take them from my primary care physician but will she help me if I have no one to go to? I am so confused and scared of losing my son...
Do all newborns whose mothers are on 60 mg of methadone daily, need to remain in the hospital until they are weaned off the methadone? My 20 year old daughter is due to deliver any day, and I am ver concerned. I want to be prepared as to what to expect.
To give you some background on the issue, in the first-ever national study of its kind, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association researchers looked at the number of newborns who suffered from withdrawal commonly observed in the babies of pregnant women who abused narcotic pain medications, like Vicodin and Oxycontin.
Methadone maintenance, when adequate to suppress the need for illicit drug abuse, results in healthier, higher birth weight newborns compared with mothers who continue to use heroin. Infants born to methadone-maintained mothers do not over time differ significantly from those born to non-dependent mothers in ways that can be attributed to methadone.
There's not a difference between withdrawal and major withdrawal for the infant. It's much better for you to let the doctor know right now so you can get the advice to protect your baby. Its the right thing to do... Let us know.
There is real controversy about whether to use methadone maintenance for newborns born with suboxone withdrawal. Some believe the methadone is a harder substance to kick than suboxone. You've got several days to research opinions - just google "suboxone withdrawal in newborns" - and spend a couple hours reading through various medical opinions.
Consider reading my long comments about withdrawal in newborns here: http://suboxonetalkzone.com/2010/02/01/withdrawal-in-newborns-lay-off-the-guilt-trip/ If you can taper off the opioids, do so-- slowly, at a rate that you work out with your doc. If you cannot do that, seek the help of an addiction doc.
First, many hospitals continue to do circumcision on newborns without any anesthesia-- and nobody complains. Up until 15 years ago, newborns had their chests split open for hear surgery with NO anesthesia-- just paralying drugs-- as the narcotics were thought to be 'too dangerous'. Finally, it cannot be too comfortable having your head squeezed through a tube that is about half of your skull's diameter! Yet nobody worries about THAT pain.
- As a mom to be, you want to do what’s best for your baby, and getting on something like methadone, which causes a withdrawal syndrome in newborns, may not feel like the right thing to do.
The baby would go through withdrawal after birth, and some nurses or docs will likely make you feel very guilty. But withdrawal is much worse for adults than for babies. Think about it-- much of withdrawal is fatigue, and feeling guilty-- and newborns are going to have none of either of those. Many places still do circumcisions without anesthesia, and up until a decade or two ago, infants had heart surgery under paralysis ONLY-- without anesthetics!!
I DON'T HAVE ANY ANSWERS FOR U&I JUST WANTED2SAY.IM.SORRY UR HAVING SUCH HARD TIME FINDING a HELPFUL DOCTOR!!!bein a pregnant opiate addict myself i can relate-i am from Massachusetts&am on methadone myself(4th child&1st on methadone).i posted ?on drug testing newborns 1st.stool(mecomium)cuz i relapsed once@26wks&know.my BABY WILL b TESTED CUZ ON METHADONE&IM FREAKIN OUT CUZ OF MY ONE MISTAKE AFRAID OF THEM TAKIN MY NEWBORN N MY.OTHER 3KIDS AWAY CUZ.OF.
The bottom line is that Suboxone/Subutex does not have the track record that methadone has, but the general consensus is similar-- that it is safest to keep the mom on the maintenance agent, whether it is methadone or buprenorphine. Withdrawal involves a number of 'adult' thoughts and feelings, including guilt and shame.... things the baby will not experience.
newborns. In 2009, nearly 1,000 babies born in Florida hospitals were treated for drug-withdrawal syndrome. They're irritable. They don't eat well. They can spend days, even weeks, detoxing. And the number is skyrocketing. From 2006 to 2009, there was a 173 percent increase in newborns treated at hospitals for drug-withdrawal syndrome in Florida, according to Agency for Health Care Administration records obtained by the Orlando Sentinel........
In fact, it's the opposite. Studies have shown that moderate daily intake of opiates doesn't cause withdrawal symptoms in newborns. I am being prescribed 3.5 10/325 mg Vicodin to use daily until I give birth. My doctors primary concern is my usage staying steady. Her concern is NOT whether the baby will go through withdrawals because it is highly unlikely.
12 yrs ago i was really addicted to heroin, i found out at 4mths that i was pregnant, since cold turkey was not an option because of the risk of losing my baby, i was put on methadone, but now they have something safer which is suboxone or in your case maybe subutex. My doctor says that he has had much success with treating pregnant women with it. i guess you really have to weight out your options, being that you still have pain issues.
Nearly half of the newborn babies in the hospital's NICU are suffering from prescription drug withdrawal. For over a year, the Knoxville hospital has been dealing with a dramatic increase in the number of newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, which is the withdrawal process a newborn baby goes through after in utero exposure to certain medications.
You should get in touch with your OB/midwife and get them involved in this situation. Abrupt withdrawal will be very unpleasant to you, but it could be damaging to your pregnancy. If you taper opiates now both you and the baby will be completely drug free by the time of delivery. Tapering means slowly cutting the dose by a quarter or a half a pill a day every several days, as well as extending the periods between the doses.
That is the basis, by the way, for the first step of every twelve step group-- we decided we are powerless over ....whatever. This will stir things up, but withdrawal in newborns is overblown. They go through a canal that squeezes their tiny heads down so far that the skull changes shape! Don't you think that would hurt? Until 15 years ago they did open heart surgery on newborns without anesthetic, just with paralysis-- splitting their chests open! THAT would hurt!
Talk to your doctor. Explain what you have done, and your concerns about methadone. I believe they will be able to help you and will not harm you in any way (i.e., they will not "force" you to go on methadone and will clarify your fears about it being able to "cause an addiction.") Working on this in partnership with a doctor right now is the only way to be safe for your child.
Studies show that treating a antagonist-agonist opiate withdrawal with a full agonist opiate is unwarranted. I can understand methadone detox in newborns for full agonist withdrawals..but, I'd hope they wouldn't do it with buprenorphine withdrawals.
Anyways, my cousin's family supports her, but they cant afford for suboxone, and the nearest methadone clinic is an hour and half away, and my cousin doesnt drive and nobody else would be able to drive her. Well usually I wouldnt care, I gave her the info for my doctor and any treatment plans I know about. Well she is pregnant, that's why I'm worried for her.
I suggest that you do a google search on newborns of addicted mothers. I've read a few articles and learned that your baby will go through withdrawals. I don't mean to upset you, but a couple of articles said that the withdrawals are different from what we experience, but bad enough for the hospital nursery to detect. If you notify your doctor, then you probably won't get in trouble w/child protective services. I do hope you had a prescription for this.
I shouldnt of taken a strong pain killer but i cant undo what is already done. The point is, I'm scared I'm going to withdrawal and subsequently so will my baby. When I tell my Ob on Tue, does anyone kno FROM EXPERIENCE if I can get "in trouble" for taking them w/o a prescription? I kno it's illegal but will there really be a problem if I'm coming to them in honesty for concern about my daughter?
However, if methadone maintenance is unavailable or if women refuse to undergo methadone or buprenorphine maintenance, medically supervised withdrawal should ideally be undertaken during the second trimester and under the supervision of a physician experienced in perinatal addiction treatment (13). If the alternative to medically supervised withdrawal is continued illicit drug use, then a medically supervised withdrawal in the first trimester is preferable to waiting until the second trimester.
I just wanted to let you know that i was addicted to methadone while pregnant wtih my daughter. I came out at about 7 months that i was addicted I was taken 80-100mg a day. I t will not harm your baby. otherwise they wouldn't prescribe it to you. but....your baby will be born addicted. but if yoru doctors know then they can prepare you adn the baby will be taken care of. you are in no condition to go tothe methadone clinic because you are taking it for pain.
I need to know though, whether the heroin will still show up in the baby's meconium once he is born even though both the baby and I will be 100% sober and withdrawal free. I'm scared of CPS getting involved and don't want to bring my OB into the mix unless absolutely necessary. Like I said, kicking now is not a problem for me. I just want to be sure that my son will test negative in 14 wks when he is born. Thank you all in advance for your help.
I tried taking methadone for five days, then taking nothing but it didn't work. I can't try to withdrawal with my daughter around, and unless I go cold turkey, my husband refuses to watch her. He's an *******...I know. But, I also know he is just worried about his baby, and me. I am worried my doctor is going to try to keep me on the meds. Please help! Do you think this has caused birthdefects?
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