Pregnant on methadone

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Hi. I just am 6 weeks and I'm on methadone. I am very nervous about having a healthy baby. If my baby is in withdrawl how long does she have to stay in the hospital. Also how do i explain to people why my baby isn't at home??

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Aisha - posted on 01/11/2015

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Wow! I just joined this group, & it seems I joined a group of very judgemental people. It must be very nice to be perfect & know everything. I can tell I wont be around very long. I don't use any drugs, but this did catch my attention, because I just saw a documentary in this very subject & found it so interesting that it prompted me to do further research (a lot more than a quick paragraph off of Web MD). Methadone is used for MANY reasons. It is used for pain, & it is NOT ONLY used to assist in the withdrawal of heroin. It's used to assist in the withdrawal of any opioid, which includes a very large class of commonly prescribed painkillers, including Vicodin, Norco, Hydrocodone, Percocet, OxyContin, Oxycodone, etc. Drs widely prescribe these medications to patients for pain, & a patient can EASILY become addicted to these medications. In fact, if they're prescribed as a chronic pain regiment, they are urged not to stop taking them suddenly without Dr care/advice. If a patient should become pregnant while taking these medications, they're obviously not going to know immediately upon conception that they're pregnant, however, as the fetus develops & the mother continues to consume the medication, the baby does become addicted to the opiates. It is extremely dangerous to the baby for the mother to discontinue the medication "cold turkey." The baby could could suffer could suffer severe side effects causing birth defects or miscarriage. Drs provide the mother with methadone as a way to wean the mother & child off of the opioids during the pregnancy. This helps to prevent the adverse & lethal side effects to the child as well as to help the mother with the addiction as well. The addiction to opioids is more of a physical dependency. Once the body has had it for a certain period of time, it becomes dependent on it, and the withdrawal symptoms are very sickening & difficult for a person to deal with. Once the baby is delivered, they are most definitely NOT taken from their mother in this type of scenario. The person who responded to this post OBVIOUSLY JUMPED TO CONCLUSIONS WITHOUT getting this woman's full story or doing any research, but there are SO MANY DIFFERENT scenarios & DIFFERENT circumstances & reasons for which an expectant mother could be taking this medication. I'm sure it was difficult for this Mom to come here & ask for help only to be attacked & judged by a self righteous Know-It-All who knows NOTHING!

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Lyndzie - posted on 02/18/2015

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Some of you are idiots...wow...YOU WILL NOT LOSE YOUR BABY IF YOU ARE ON METHADONE....AND YOU ARE THE SICK PERSON...GET EDUCATED BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR UNEDUCATED MOUTH

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/08/2015

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I am sorry you deleted your account. Really, I wish we could help you. Please seek medical advice for you and your baby. Good luck love.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/08/2015

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Is methadone what they put you on to keep you from doing heroine? Does your doctor know you are on it? Does your doctor know you are pregnant?

Ev - posted on 01/08/2015

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I just answered the other post just like this one and I have to say I have never heard of a doctor putting anyone on this and I know its a narcotic drug that would be pregnant.

"Uses
This medication is used to treat severe ongoing pain (such as due to cancer). Methadone belongs to a class of drugs known as narcotic (opiate) analgesics. It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain.

Do not use this medication to relieve pain that is mild or that will go away in a few days (such as pain from surgery). This medication is not for occasional ("as needed") use.

This medication is also used to treat addiction to narcotic drugs (such as heroin) as part of an approved treatment program. It helps prevent withdrawal symptoms caused by stopping other narcotic drugs."

WebMD site for oral Methadone Oral medications. Its not for short term use as said in what I found. You would have to have consistent pain from say something like cancer to take this or a drug problem that they are trying to get you over. Try again.

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CLEARLY you two dont know anything lol my drs put me on the stuff. I doubt they did it if thats going to happen. I'm a full time worker non addict. I've been put on it for medical reasons. Why does everyone automatically say harsh things.

Trisha - posted on 01/08/2015

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No, Danielle, she is telling the truth. If you are in certain locations and your child comes out with symptoms of drug addiction your child will be taken away, and you can be put in jail....

Sarah - posted on 01/08/2015

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Lol.....you would lose custody of your child. There would be no explaining why baby is not home YET. Not putting too much faith into this post that this is an actual situation. If it is you are one sad person.

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