Methadone withdrawal pregnancy

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Anyway I would take klonopin withdrawal any day over methadone withdrawal. To me you can't even compare the two. Getting off methadone is one of the hardest things anyone can do period and i think anyone who has done it or tried to do it would agree with me. Klonopin was a piece of cake comparatively for me but I may have been on less.
I am in the midst of methadone withdrawal after being on it for 4 years. I tapered down to 5 mg. without much trouble but at that point had my first dreaded 'night of terror' where I wasn't able to sleep. So I decided this would be a good time for the breakaway. It has been a week now and the symptoms have lessened. I went through cold sweats, back/body pain, flu symptoms, cold symptoms (including fits of sneezing),skin 'crawling', diahrrea, and the anxiety/ sleeplessness I mentioned.
CHINESE HERBS and ACCUPUNCTURE seem to be two of the best ways to treat withdrawal syndrome, and the long-term "post accute withdrawal syndrome" (or "abstinance syndrome"). Methadone has a long-term post accute withdrawal period - sometimes it NEVER goes away. I've heard of people getting off of methdone for a few years, and after being miserable the whole time they get back on methadone - why be miserable when a medication allows you to feel "normal" again?
I do not want to hurt my baby anyway, please help! I have a friend who stayed throughout her pregnancy on methadone, her clinic told her if she were to withdraw she would lose her baby. Is this true, i took my dose down already to 20 mil a day.
If you give birth to a baby while still on methadone, baby will go into withdrawal a few days after delivery if you do not breastfeed because of methadone level falling in his or her bloodstream. Breastfeeding while on methadone has been done, but there have been reported cases of respiratory arrests and deaths in infants while breastfeeding from mothers taking pure opiate agonist such as methadone. There are better ways of approaching your situation.
you unfortunately have to stay on methadone throughout your pregnancy. However your dose can be no higher 30mg per day, It will cause to much harm to the baby to try and detox at time.
I returned to methadone as was best option during pregnancy.(fortunately baby had no withdrawal symptoms). Haven't used heroin for about 5 years but so scared of withdrawal, thought i would be on one of the above for life. Baby now 19mths & have been withdrawing slowly so can still fulfill parental (single). I am currently on 4mg and have conflicting info regarding what to do next.
I feel very strongly that methadone is not the best choice for drug treatment during pregnancy. I am sure you want what is best for your baby and so do I. Methadone is an opiate, very long acting one and very addictive. You are still opiate dependent and if you continue to be on methadone through your pregnancy, your child will also be born opiate dependent. Your baby will be in withdrawals after birth and will have be spend time in the Neonatal ICU to go through those withdrawal.
How long and how intense is methadone withdrawal from 5 to 0? How about 10 to 0? And is there anything natural I can take that would ease and or speed up the process? Thanks in advance.
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...
There is no danger to the baby during the gradual weaning of your medication during the pregnancy. The main risk to the baby would be from withdrawal after birth if you still continued to take the methadone. You are greatly helping your baby without any risk to him/her.
My advice to you would be to try to go down slowly, you probably wont feel any different untill you are down to about 20mg or so. From what i have heard from other people who have gone through methadone withdrawal, no matter how slow you go down, you will feel some of the WD. If you go down slowly though, the WD will not be nearly as bad.
I feel very strongly that methadone is not the best choice for drug treatment during pregnancy. I am sure you want what is best for your baby and so do I. Methadone is an opiate, very long acting one and very addictive. You are still opiate dependent and if you continue to be on methadone through your pregnancy, your child will also be born opiate dependent. Your baby will be in withdrawals after birth and will have be spend time in the Neonatal ICU to go through those withdrawal.
I myself am not pro methadone at all but here is some info on it's use and safety durning pregnancy Effects on pregnancy Methadone maintenance treatment has been demonstrated to significantly improve pregnancy outcomes for opiate dependent women. Methadone does not increase the risk of congenital abnormalities in infants.
If the baby comes out sluggish or showing signs of withdrawal from the methadone then they will ask you, and possibly test, but if you're still taking it when the baby's born you have to tell so that they can monitor for withdrawals from the baby or it can be dangerous...but I don't think they test for pot as a general rule, not sure. Not a pot-smoker myself but I have several friends who were, and one who smoked pot during her pregnancy, and she was never tested at birth.
ZInc/Mag/B6/L-Tyrosine helping with withdrawal symptons and was wondering if anyone knew what a safe dosage is in pregnancy? I am 15wks pregnant and am on 60ml Methadone. I reduced to 65ml from 70ml last wk and have gone down another 5ml today.I was on 140ml 2yrs ago and have slowly reduced.
I was told they would not prescribe anymore and I would have to go back to my PM doctor that prescribed Morphine before pregnancy and before I switched to Methadone thinking it would be safer while pregnant. My PM did not want to "take care of me" while I was pregnant, and the OB did not want to do it after birth. I could not get into the PM in time to avoid wd and I did not know until two weeks later when I had to wean very quickly.
You have to think for two right now. Any withdrawal can affect the progression of your pregnancy and should not be done without your doctors knowledge. The other issue is that your baby might need assistance at birth and is VERY important for the doctor to know what you did take throughout your pregnancy. I am not sure about the legalities, but am concern with your wellbeing and your baby’s.
It can be dangerous if not done under a doctors care who understands methadone. Most clinics you go to that get you started on methadone understand what to do when you are preg. Please understand that methadone is better than any street drug or narcotic drug(even if perscribed by a doctor. You really should not try to detox off anything while preg. Your body will go into withdraws which in turn will put alot of stress on the baby.
I have been taking oxycodone for about a year and then started taking small amounts of Methadone to come off it, but I have been taking small amounts of methadone (about 30mg a day) for about 6 months now seeing as it was reall helping with my chronic back pain I have. The problem now is we just found out I am pregnant and I stopped taking them as soon as I found out (2 days ago) but am having horrible withdrawl and was wondering if there was anything I can do to help this?
I'm worried sick about my baby. Its my first pregnancy and I'm 20 years old. Someone please help me.
You have been off for 80 hours. Methadone has a long half life. So your blood serum level of methadone drops slowly. The withdrawals usually start from 3 to 5 days after your last dose. You could be fine. There is increased pain in detox. Do you plan to continue taking the norco? Did your baby experience withdrawal at birth? Don't fear withdrawal. He are doing awesome. Keep the faith.
I have been on Methadone for 6 years now. I got serious about getting off all drugs in Dec of 2005, besdies Methadone. I then decied to detox from that starting in late 2007. I have gone from 100mg down to 5mg, back to 10mg for two months and then slowly down to 5mg again. I have been feeling just fine and then the disaster of all disasters happened. I went to get my 6 take homes for the week, ALMOST done with methadone forever.
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