1. I am almost 37 weeks pregnant, and have been on Subutex therapy now since August. I have been very concerned about my baby being born with withdrawals, and having to stay in the hospital. I was on Vicodin for 6 years straight for chronic pain due to Fibromyalgia, DDJD and chronic lower back pain, and upon becoming pregnant, my OB doctor recommended I see an addiction treatment specialist, because staying on Norco wasn’t an option (which I knew, but was very scared about). Going off my Norcos was hell, and I knew it would be…I tried to quit cold turkey one day and landed myself in the hospital after flushing all my medication down the toilet. I was tired of the person it had made me become…I was being dishonest with my husband, selling things that meant a lot to me when I would run out of my script from taking too many in a month, etc. All of this because I was prescribed a medication I didn’t take the time to research before taking over a long period of time!!
    I am now very scared of the effects it may have on my baby, and whether or not they will keep him. Nobody as of yet has said to me that they will have to keep him, so I am kind of confused. Are they just not telling me this because they don’t want me flipping out? Or are they just not versed in caring for a newborn infant born after subutex therapy? I am deathly afraid now, that something will go wrong. My doctor, who sees mostly pregnant women said he’s had great success with non-addicted babies being born. My question is, does it matter how long you have been taking it?

    • I have had many patients go through pregnancy and delivery while on buprenorphine. In three of them– about 15%– the babies stayed an extra period of time ranging from one to three days. Frankly, the babies would have been fine had they been discharged; I think that in all three cases it was the medical people who were the most ‘irritable’!
      Ask your doc, point blank, if he/she is comfortable with things. Be CONFIDENT during the discussion that you have medical science behind you; that you have an illness in opioid dependence that you did not ‘deserve’, and that you are being proactive and doing everything right in how you are handling things. You have NOTHING to be ashamed about– this is something that a doctor should be able to handle, without making YOU feel bad!

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