... kept him for ten weeks on methadone. She was only 60mg thru her pregnancy, but these doctors were very conservative. Now the baby is home he is having screaming and wrenching of his little body. i feel so hopeless. He is 3 mths old now. otherwise he is perfectly normal but he is evidently suffering horribly with his stomach. we dont know if its from the methadone or what. PLEASE if anybody has had this problem please help shed some light on this. I need all the help i can get. Thanks in advance
iamtina, I have experiemced this two times with both my kids. I got preganant both times were " oops" so I didn't have a choice because I was already on methadone. The first time I was on a clinic in Boston and they would give you a "blind dose". I didnt know what milligram I was on. Every five days I would ask the nurse for a decrease. About six weeks before I was going to deliver I got a note from the doctor saying that because they did not have enouugh information about pregnancy and methadone they were going to stop the "detox" and have me deliver on whatever dose it was that I was on. My lovely daughter (now25) came into this earth lke an angel. In Mass. at the time you were not allowed to take your child home until social services came to your house. After I got the approval five days later, I took her home. What seemed like withdrawal started to set in about the 2rd day after she was born. Protocol in Boston at the time was thorazine for infant withdrawal. I refused it. I swear that little girl cried for three months without taking a breath and I too felt so inadaquate (not allowed to breast- feed in the 80's either) so I couldnn't even get a small amount amount into her body. I would swaddle her in her blanket as tight as I could and sometimes when she was really tense at night my husband would put her naked body on his belly.The close human contact and the warmth would calm her down almost immediatly. After about four weeks she was eating better and seemed more comfortable, but that colicy crying just kept up for about two more months. She is now a 25 year old beautiful young woman with what seems like no memories about her first few days and weeks on this earth. I thank GOD everyday. Well about one month goes by and now I am living in Florida and much to my suprise we were expecting again. The mere thought of putting another child through this was killing me I was already detoxing a little each week and then we moved to Florida. Again I was doing the "blind dose" O.k.,but this program would not allow any reduction in mgs. but I was pretty sure I was on a low dose. My son came a few weeks late but he wieghed 9lbs.11ozs.! The drug of choice in Florida at the time was phenabarbital. I researched it and this time I allowed it, he slept so well and ate like a monster so after 3 weeks I weaned him off the phenobarb myself. He was fine. Ok, this was probably alot more info than you bargained for. I will be done in a minute, About two months later we all moved to New Hampshire, at the time that state had no methadone so we were all quite the clean and sober family. There was a school for two and three years olds and they were happy to treat both my children who had minor problems. My daughter was having a hard time learning to talk but, trust me that's gone! My son had what was called "gross motor impairment." They had a physical therapist at the time and now too he is a heathluy 24 yr old young man ( he has dabbled a little bit with some rx opiates) from the street. I know for a fact that was I just wanted HIM to tell ME! Well he is doing alot fof soul searching took a week off and just toughed it out. He needs now he needs some support from A.A/N.A. They are both great kids and I would like nothing more than for them both to be happy, and they deseerve nothing less! Hope that helped. Fall Queen.
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