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Suboxone - are suboxens harmful to pregnant women ready to give birth to babies?

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BRRMARS 2 May 2011

how pregnant are you, where are you going to be getting your seboxone, your doctor who is going to be prescribing it should be able to answer that question for you. are you going to breast feed because if you are then you can't take suboxone and breast feed.

LaurieShay 2 May 2011

Hey kellyann,

This really is a question for the obstetrician taking care of the pregnant woman. The following is the warning from literature:

Buprenorphine/Naloxone Film may cause harm to the fetus. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Buprenorphine/Naloxone Film while you are pregnant. Buprenorphine/Naloxone Film is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Buprenorphine/Naloxone Film.

The Suboxone is assigned to drug category C which is explained in the following:

•Category A. Careful tests in humans have shown no harm.
•Category B. Animal studies showed some harm, but well-designed studies in humans showed no harm, OR animal studies did not show any harm and there are no good studies in humans.
•Category C. Animal studies show some harm and there are no good studies in humans, OR no human or animal studies have been done.
•Category D. Human studies show some risk.
•Category X. There is strong evidence that the drug causes birth defects, either in humans or in animals.

The risks need to be weighed against the benefits and best to be under a doctor's close supervision. Since Suboxone is prescribed for opiate detox, the more important issue is the effect the opiates are having on the baby and the necessary measures to take care of that.

Best wishes,

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