I'm 24 yrs old and I am 26 weeks pregnant. I have dealt with issues with pain medication for a few years now (with a few stints at staying clean, but never successful). My boyfriend and my doc have no idea i am taking the subs and i really dont want to tell them. I would just like to ween myself completely off and the sooner the better. I currently take 4mg a day, sometimes taking another 4mg if I have trouble sleeping. Please help! I want to get my life on track for myself and for my daughter and her father. I just want to make sure I do this right, I don't want to risk relapse on pain medication.
I know you don't want to tell your doctor, but you really are going to have to so to protect the health of the baby especially if you are not off the Suboxone by the time she is born. She may experience withdrawal and they will figure it out anyway. It is my understanding that women switch to Subutex preferably when they are pregnant. If you are getting your Suboxone from a doctor, please discuss this with him/her. Otherwise, you would need to taper off the Suboxone very slowly over the next few months. Again, it is best to be under the doctor's care while doing this.
There is a lady named pattishan61 that I'm sure will be along later today to answer your question. She is much better versed in this matter than me.
You really should be on subutex instead of suboxone if you can get the dr to agree to switch you. and You do need to tell your Tomorrow, I know you are scared, and confused but this is a HAVE TO situation and it is best for you and baby. At this point, you need to listed to your dr. Msn did an article on the new epidemic of babies born addicted, and the nurses in the hospital taking care of the babies born to addicted mothers actually recognize a pattern with opiate or opiate dependent babies, how they sound when they cry, how they act and they will report that because they have to. Anyway, the article also says that some suboxone/subtex babies have NO withdrawal, some do and they really aren't sure why. You are too far along really to wean off slow enough and be off when the baby is born, but the baby may not have withdrawal, they are unable to predict whose will. Some mothers taking 12 mgs babies did not have withdrawal some whose mom's were on 2 mg did have withdrawal.
Let your dr know Monday and I am not sure if you are legally obtaining them thru a dr, but you will be putting less med in the baby if you switch to subutex, and I recommend that/. Patti
I am gonna go read her story too so I can learn a little as for you, it is time to spill the beans it is not like you are a bank robber and if he doesn't care for you that much to be by your side than piss on him..Doctors are a dime a dozen so you should tell him and let him get mad if he wants after all he is spending your money/copay. You need to see a physchiatrist to get you some smaller doses. This is just my opinionbut I lost my temper when I first read the article. You need to worry about the 2 most important things right now and don't trip off of the boyfriend and the doc. They can both be replaced but you have an lifetime commitment at hte tips of your fingers,please cherrish the moment and realize what you about to do is one of the most valued possesions you can have. I know peeps. Who can't have children and it killing them with guilt and depression. Best of luck with everything and please see a couple of new dr.
About the effects of the meds to newborn and the rest will fall in place, just make sure you surround yourself with positive and righteous people[clean not alcoholics or pushers. ] it is your life and baby there is numerous free counseling everywhere.
i am in the same boat as you.. dont know what to do, i had a friend on suboxone the whole pregnancy and her little one came out fine and with no with drawels eithers. the only thing diffrent with my case is that i do not have a doctor writing me the subs, i am getting them from a friend... which is not good at all.
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