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Pregnant and addicted... please help
I am new to this forum and this is very hard for me to write about, or even admit..but I know it must be done. I am scared and I am sitting here in tears because I do not know what to do. I found out I was pregnant 6 days ago. I don't have my first doctor appointment for another week and a half. We think i am pretty early along.. about 6 or 7 weeks. The problem is, for about a year and a half I have been addicted to painkillers (vicodin and percocet about 30mgs a day of 1 of the 2 not both in the same day) , also ativan for anxiety, and ambien for sleeping. I am not proud of this by no means, and I am deathly afraid of any harm I may have already done at 6 or 7 weeks. When I found out I was pregnant I was able to immediately stop the ativan as I don't think my addiction to that was as bad, i didn't take it every single day.. but maybe 1mg every other day. The ambien is a 10mg that I do not ever really go without. I also finished out the last of my vicodin and today I am officially out and I want to be done with it. However I am freaking out. I am extremely uncomfortable, my anxiety is through the roof. I want to take the ativan for anxiety but it seems to be the worse one out of the 3 to even take according to what i've read online. so i have not taken it. Is it safe for me to quit everything cold turkey? My family and friends do not know about my addictions. I have kept them a secret and I would like to keep it that way. I can't get into the doctor for another 9 days as I stated above. I've read mixed reviews about whether or not it is safe to quit everything cold turkey and it be safe for both me and the baby, so i'm not sure where to turn or what to do. Also, if i can't take the ambien at night especially going through withdrawls from the pain killers I will get 0 sleep. Its causing extreme resless leg syndrome throughout my body. Anyone here have a similar experience?? or can anyone give me some advice on how to cope? Thank you for reading.
Hey sweetheart i really feel for you and i know how hard it is to go through what your going through without being pregnant so i know your in hell, but the thing is your in a bad situation and the doctor told my sister not to quit all at once because it would put to much strain on the baby, so my advice would be to talk to a doctor they offer things for women in your situation that is safe for pregnant women, i don't think you should lay and suffer because your baby will suffer, so i would take as little as possible just enough to be comfy and consult your doctor!!!
Originally Posted by FlyNCchick82
It's really not wise to go c/t while pregnant. One choice you have is to taper down on the meds you take. Just cut the dose every few days which will make any w/d much easier. Going c/t does put stress on the fetus. I would just take less of what I'm taking then talk to the doctor in 9 days. He should be able to guide you in the right direction.
You are already doing great, because you care! You will find the courage to tell your doc (I did!) and with their help, you will be well! I never went for subutex, because as soon as I told my doc, I didn't use anymore for fear that they would take her. But it's not like that, if your taking steps to help yourself, then that is commendable! I didn't cold turkey it though. I just used tiny tiny (fractions of pills) bits to get through the first week or two of w/d (not too bad). So, great job, coming here and reaching out, you're going to be a great mommy! So for now, relax. Go make a cup of hot decaff black tea, snuggle into a warm blankey in your favorite jammies, and start thinking of BABY NAMES YAAAY!! A new life is always ALWAYS good news and it will help you better yourself through self preservation (so you can be there physically and emotionally for this unborn sweetheart). BABY NAMES!!! And you get to go online and make registries to babies r us and you get to help your best friend plan a shower, and you get to decorate a new bedroom! I could keep going with all of the happy, new things you get to do in the next 9 months or so! You will be easy to cry, though, and even the slightest tick of someones eyes to your belly will send you into an emo roller coaster--but you seem intelligent, and surrounded by family (who will help you-even if they don't know what they are helping, just being around loved ones will raise your confidence), so I'm excited for you, and your new life!! Keep posting when you think of anything to share on your progress, and his/her progress too! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! (*hugs*) (baby names, yay!!)
Hey there! I am in a similar situation. I found out I was pregnant in May and was on 10 mgs of suboxone, cymbalta, and 2 mgs of klonipin per day. I called my prescribing doctor first when I was waiting to get into the OB. They gave me a weaning plan. And to only do one med at a time. I started with klonipin, then cymbalta. It was a pretty rough couple of weeks, but once stabilized went to weaning off suboxone. I did an EXTREMELY fast taper and ended up jumping off at 2mgs. It was a pretty rough ride for a couple of weeks, but I was under the care of my prescribing doctor and my OB.
I will say that my OB deferred ALL medication decisions to my pain management doctor. When in doubt, both of my doctors talk though...which is HUGE. It definitely isn't the ideal situation to get pregnant on medication, but it happens ALL of the time. My husband has had a vasectomy so we didn't think there was any way we would have more children!
Since the initial detox, I have had to go back on hydrocodone (per my doctor) and am currently weaning off of those. I was still experiencing some pretty bad symptoms 3 weeks later.They told me that the withdrawal could definitely stress out the baby. I have been on them about 3 months and down to 18.25 mgs. BOTH doctors recommend that I take this slowly. Although, the hydrocodone in low amounts is definitely NOT ideal, it is considered safe for the baby.I had to take them with one of my previous children as well due to some complications during pregnancy.
Believe me, I live in a lot of fear of coming off the hydrocodone, but feel better knowing that me and my baby are being watched so closely. If I were you, I would just take a deep breath and wait and speak to your doctor. If you are prescribed your pills, I would call that physician and explain your situation. If not, I would wait and discuss with your OB and take as little as possible until then. I can almost bet they can come up with a weaning plan that will make you feel better and not have your baby suffer. Hang in there!!! I can completely relate to your fears, stress, etc. right now. It is not a fun position to be in, but hopefully this pregnancy will be what you need to be free of these pills once a for all. I know I am trying to see it that way . And, congratulations! I know, for me, I didn't really have a chance to enjoy the great news at first due to all of the stress over meds. It truly is a blessing Please feel free to reach out, if you would like to chat. Take care, sweetie!
You have a great reason to change!!!
I hope you are doing better FlyNCchick82 and i hope my words helped you, but the main thing is you cared, and you should hold your head up because u have done nothing wrong, drugs addiction is a disease no matter the reason you start in the first place and there are millions of people struggling with it everyday so don't let anybody guilt trip you!!! You are doing the right thing for you and your baby!!! I'm actually going to be a dad myself and its the reason i'm getting off the suboxone, i know its hard and its a scary process but i'm here for you as are all the other kind people on here!!! If you need a friends don't hestitate to get in touch with me!!! And remember you have a gift with you and a great reason to change your life, GOOD LUCK and i hope you the best!!!
I honestly dont know the side effects of taking neurontin while pregerrs so I am not saying to use my method or not, all I know is that is a tiny habit compared to mine and I feel better now than when I was using, so read my post(but dont smoke any crack)and get to the doctor right away for a prescription of neurontin(providing its safe when pregnant)and all your problems will be gone the same day I promise. I stand by my method and I dare anyone to try it and say otherwise. So anyway, good luck with your withdrawal and know your not alone. http://www.drugs.com/forum/featured-...ree-59739.html
30 weeks pregnant and have been on suboxone for 6 mths straight
HI EVERYONE, BEFORE I START I SAY GOOD LUCK TO ALL AND JUST BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, I AM 30 WEEKS PREGO AND HAVE BEEN TAKEN SUBOXONE FOR 6 MTHS. .I AM SO SCARED, ANGRY, AND PRAYING THAT MY BABY IS BORN HEALTHY AND FREE OF W/D'S. CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP ME FIND SUM ANSWERS....I STARTED OFF TAKIN A QUARTER A DAY, THEN MOVED TO A HALF OF SUB A DAY. SO RIGHT NOW I AM TRYING TO WEAN DOWN BEFORE DELIEVERING...PLEASE SUMONE GIVE ME SUM POSTIVE FEED BACK ON WHAT TO DO AND EXPECT. IM SCARED TO SAY ANYTHING TO MY FAMILY OR DOC..I WAS THINKING WORSE COME TO WORSE IMA HAVE TO TELL THE DOC IF MY BABY DID COME OUT WITH W/D'S......I DONT WANT MY BABY TO SUFFER....ANY TIPS ON ANYTHING, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO RESPOND..THANKS GOD BLESS YOU ALL
I found this site when I found out I was preggo (@ 20 weeks) and addicted to oxys so I have been in your shoes.
Tell your OB. They might very well send you to a maternal-fetal specialist and your baby will probably have to be closely monitored to make sure it is not in distress b/c of the w/d's.
Tell them. The sooner the better. My BIL in an OB/GYN. Trust me, they have seen it ALL before. Do you know that ob/gyn docs do some of their first supervised procedures/exams on "working girls" to provide the girls free health care and the docs the practice w/ women who aren't shy. Soooo, they have seen it all and then some.
just a mom
Hi there Anonymous,
I am 10 weeks pregnant now, found out when I was 4 weeks, I have been taking pain meds for the past 4 years, about 6-10 a day, plus I take cylift for anxiety,
I am not going to sugar coat anything for you, it took me 2 weeks to taper off the pain meds, but that was nothing, I finally stopped altogether 3 weeks ago, it was very bad, I was so sick, no sleep, the RLS I though was g;oing to kill me, I had such bad spasm in my neck and spine, that one night continued for about 16 hours, from 2 in the morning till the following evening, my stomach ran for about 2 weeks, and the depression was chronic, I cried all day, at one stage I thought I might just go and have an >>>>>>>> as I could not take it anymore, the good news is the pain and RLS only last for about 5-6 days, and after a week you start to sleep better, 3 weeks down the line thats all I do, I still take my cylift I had done so with my other 3 kids, one thing you have to know that for at least one week you might as well right off everything and everybody, One thing to remember though, if you are going to suffer with that amount of pain, can you imagine what a new born baby must go through, someone told me too take alot of calcium, magnesium and omega 3 for the RLS which I did, which helped, I also take iron and folic acid and preggie vits, try and make as many fruit smoothies as you can, but you have to tell yourself this is going to be bad and it will only last for about 1 week, Also remember being newly pregnant will present some problems which you may confuse with your withdrawls, nausea and extreme energy loss, I still feel ???? 3 weeks later, but that is probably the first trimester, but I can laugh with my family at least make dinner and get things done without feeling like I am dying, I am waiting for the 12 week mark to start getting energy back HOPEFULLY, just remember you can do it, it takes major courage and keep on thinking if this is the way you feel how will your baby feel, and remember the first 3 months is when all the problems your baby can develop is now, so stop and quick as possible, Kindest Stephanie
Stephy-- thank you for sharing your story! Do you mind me asking what drug and what amount were you taking? Also, how did you wean...I notice you said for 2 weeks, but did you drop a pill a day or what? I ask because I am 27 weeks pregnant and currently weaning off hydros. I am down to 2 pills a day, or 15 mgs. My doctor seems to think that this slow wean is best for the baby. It seems neverending to me, and would love to just be DONE. Thank you!
I feel for you sweetie. Two things i can advise...one, you need to get off that stuff (obviously i know) but it is important..for you and your baby.
2. i took vicodin and demerol through my entire pregnancy to health reasons. i had no choice. If i didnt take them, >> be in so much pain that >> start having contractions...anyway, when my son was born my biggest fear was he would withdrawal...and he did. it was so awful. i cried and cried. fortunetly it only lasted 2 days and he was premature ...he would twitch in his sleep. he didnt open his eyes until he was a little over a week old! he cried and cried. I can tell you from experience, it is a horrible ugly feeling to feel when you are a brand new mother . you feel like you already screwed up. well thats how it felt for me. my sons 9 months now and is healthy and smart but that might of not been the case. it could of ended badly or worse. and i am telling you as a mother and someone that went through it, please please, tell your doctor. he/she will wean you off slowly, the dr might not even wean you off until you reach your second trimster when it is safer. quitting an addiction in the first trimester is stressful on the baby, and they dont make it through sometimes so some doctors wait till the second trimester. but please please please, tell your doctor. it is the first step into being the best mother you could be, and have a healthy baby, i hope all goes well! you deserve to be sober, and happy, and your baby deserves a healthy mommy God bless
Originally Posted by mommyof3tobe
hello! and congrats on your pregnancy, and your doctor is right, a slow taper is the less stressful for your baby. you have to remeber, your baby is taking what your taking,so any withdrawals you feel, baby can feel too. so a slow wean is best if possible. my doctor also told me to drink alot of water and it flushes out the umbliical cord and the placenta so the baby doesnt get so much of the medicine.
taking a multivitamin and eating a banana a day will help with the RLS. and baths..baths baths baths and baths. i seriously lived in my tub lol.
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