I'm a new member! I've read a lot of discussions on here and decided I'll just ask my own question even though there's plenty on this subject. I used to be addicted to pain pills before I got pregnant.I also didn't mean to get pregnant.. but I believe it was all meant to be because I would've never gotten out of my addiction and seek help. I relapsed during my 5th month of pregnancy and told my psychiatrist right away and was put on Methadone because it's proven safer to take. There's a lot more studies on people who are pregnant taking Methadone than Suboxone. I know this all sounds horrible but I had to do what I had to do and wanted to be honest.There's plenty of times where I wanted to kick my own butt for not being strong enough but I can't dwell on the past. I'm in this situation NOW. I started on 30mg and by the end of my pregnancy was only on 10mg. My baby had no withdrawals and no problems at all! The doctors were surprised and I was overjoyed. She was watched for a week and sent home!! I was blessed! She's a happy baby and developing perfectly. Now from there on, I went up to 20mg because my tolerance went up but my doctor and I have planned to switch me on Suboxone. I was so scared I've put it off for 3 months but now is the time.. she will not prescribe me anymore. She gave me two choices either go to a clinic or switch to Suboxone. I never had to go to a clinic thank God and it only cost me 7 dollars a month because of my insurance. I've withdrawn before because I ran out of my meds due to my tolerance going up and it was HORRIBLE. Especially the leg pain :(. My boyfriends mother is taking care of my 3 1/2 month old while I'm withdrawing for a few days. My biggest fear is I won't be able to take care of her and still be sick while I'm on the Suboxone. I just want to take care of my love bug and have my life back. My daughter saved me from addiction to put meaning in my life. Methadone is like a jail. Has anyone ever experienced this transition? I really need some support that's why I joined and I wanted to hear others experiences. Thanks a bunch!
I'm in the same boat as you and terrified as well. I'm on 75mg tho. Your lucky your doc refused to put you up! Your not on that high of a dose you won't take your methadone for 72 hours your going to have to be ok without being ok for a few days. That's cake to what you went through before and cake compared to going cold turkey. Listen to what others like Robert 325 and Daniel I think his name is tell you they have been through it. From what I red the shorter the time on sub the better Robert has a sub tapper plan somewhere on the forum follow it. I have red for months on this site before joining I read every night before bed before I pass out just to feel comfort in knowing what I'm going to do is so going to be worth it. It will be the best thing you ever did for you and your daughter!!! You seem to have a family support that's important too. Even If you need to use AA or na. Its not for me but I have been and use those groups when I'm really struggling and need to talk even tho I don't agree with everything. The groups and I at least have the fact that we want to be clean and that were fighting for a better life in common. I wish you the best of luck and keep me posted because I'm starting my taper down from 75mg on Thursday and you will be through before me since your already on 20!!
hey dont feel bad about having to take methadone during your pregnancy,you had to stay healthy too and if you where going through withdrawl while you where pregnant then you would not been healthy.but anyway i have been on suboxone now for 5 months now and like you i switched from methadone.and believe me you will be fine to take care of your baby.when i went too the dr i was in about 2 days without it so i was withdrawling pretty good so i took half an 8mg pill and within 1 hour i was starting to feel better then he gave me the other half and im telling yo i wasnt even thinking about methadone.and you dont have too go to a clinic all you have to do is go to turntohelp.com and find a doc who is certified to prescribe it.anyway add me too your friend list i would like to hear how you do..good luck
My husband always sees the methadone doc a day befor me. He was talking to this guy who was on methadone for like 4 months he wanted to go on subs so The doc actually told him to do dope for 3 weeks then waited 12 hours and started him on sub. I have no idea what I'm going to walk into tomorrow when I see him. Ill be up set I'd he tells me to go back to the street tho. I mean common! Now if he gives me a script for a month I can take by mouth I can live with that the thing is I need to do this the hard way. In active addiction I always took the ez way out. I don't want to this time. Ill let you know how it goes. if it goes as planned ill be droping 10
I really don't know enough about norcos. We don't have them here is that the same as a perc? I really don't want to say it will be fine then its not. I'm at my appt now I hate the clnic omg its so crazy here. Plus all the people who talk about drugs.
What a wait almost 3 hours. Anyways I went down 10. And he said in one month we will re look at my situation. I don't want to wait that long so I'm going to see how 65 does me for a week. If I feel good I'm going to call and make an appt for two weeks from now and get a new script maybe for going down 5 every week till I hit 25 and then make the switch. He doesn't ever ask any questions he is so hard to talk to. I'm on my own I guess!
Hey Danielle, I've experienced the effects of methadone and suboxone for seven years now. I'm now 25, a P/T pharmacist, and just graduated from college. I just wanted to say that I think that's great that you made the "switch" from methadone to suboxone. Methadone is a lot more damaging than people who are on it would like to admit - trust me :-). Go to google and search for methadone brain scans. It's not a pleasant site. My only advice would be to just hang in there and stay on the suboxone. It's going to take about a full year to heal from the damage the opiates have done, but at the end of that year you'll feel so good that you won't know what to do. Good luck to you girl, and don't forget about the man upstairs.
Well today is the day.. I'll let you know how it goes ... my last dose was thursday at 730am.. I have some hours on my back.. I have diarreah, stomach aches, and extreme anxiety. My skin feels a little crawly too. Just got out of the bath made it a lot better. I see my doc today at 10am.
Omg I can't believe it has been 3 days. It went by so fast! Easy for me to say when your the one feeling sick!! Hopefully your doc knows to do the cows sheet you need to score at least 26 to start sub. I went down 10mg and had very very small flu like symptoms and natious too a little this am. But I know my body will adjust and I probably notice it more because I'm home I'm not working at all 3 jobs right now just the one. Tomorrow I work at 6am for the day. Probably won't notice it then. Danielle I'm so proud of you and jealous too lucky gal!! Keep me posted!
Im a new member as well... first off i want to start by saying congrats on what u have done this far..I am an addict too..I have been at a methodone clinic for 3 years and have recently decided to make the transition to subs..i agree, meth is like jail, we are at there mercy. Although the methodone clinic has saved my life considering the alternitive, the hold that the clinic has on "you" is overwhelming... To follow up on ur question, im not there yet personally but, i heard going through this transition is intense for a overall of five days, three days off methodone and 2 days of mixing the two, because mixed puts u into imediate withdrawls, and i know for myself that makes me the most nervous.
i have of course been dope sick before but getting not off but down to 45mgs from 110mgs has been tourture, most days i wish i had never started the methodone clinic, but like i said the alternitive whould have been much worse..im suppose to do my transition in about a month, scars me too..im sure u have been "sick" before and like me anticipate the worst..although i dont have children i understand how scary this all is... good luck, and again congrats on all u have overcome u should be proud of urself..i know this dosent really answer ur question but, i am new also on site and wanted u too know ur not alone with these thoughts and questions..take care
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