I am eight weeks pregnant. I've been taking Suboxone since last September, and three years prior to that I used Methadone through a clinic. I have not had a relapse in three years and three months. I am now on Subutex, I was switched to that two months ago as I knew I was pregnant and told my physician I'd be comfortable on Subutex until it was confirmed I was not pregnant. Currently I am prescribed 2 8mg tablets per day, but I don't take even close to that amount. I take 1/4 of a tablet daily, I have NO desire to use whatsoever, I have had multiple chances to steal very strong pain medicine recently and my partner has Vicodin for pain stored in his dresser that does not even bother me.
I wanted to stop Sub but then found out I was pregnant and wish to be very, very careful with our "miracle" baby. My partner has never been able to reproduce and was told he could probably never have a child. I stayed on the medicine as my physician and nurse mid-wife suggested; BUT I discussed this with them and understand where they are coming from when they make that suggestion. My Doctor is basically concerned with the small amount of liability and the possibility of relapse; and I also think naturally there is some financial reasons behind that as they probably get 500 a visit from my insurance. It's just a fact of life. My midwife not knowing me very well and seeing other young ladies in my area is greatly concerned with relapse during pregnancy. There is nothing that could make me relapse but me and I know that. I don't think there reccomendations are because discontinuation is dangerous. I want to do this slow, but I want to do it, and do it right. I want to be off all medications by the time I deliver, and never return to them again.
The only other RX med I take is Xanax which my Sub doctor has put me on an excellent taper schedule and I was not a heavy doser anyway. I'm doing fine with that, taking an 1/8th of a 1mg tablet every two days now. In four more days I will push it to three days and even four if I want. At this point its up to me and my comfort level. He gave me an RX for buspirone if needed but I'm ok so far. I'd rather be taking nothing.
What are your feelings on this situation and do you think you'd be comfortable helping me? I'm very willing to listen to anything you have to say.