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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 4:02 pm 
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I am currently 34 weeks pregnant and have been on the Butrans patch my whole pregnancy. My doctor switched me from the 10 mcg patch to the 5 mcg in my first trimester with the expectation that I would quit the 5 within a few weeks but I have continued to wear the 5. I'm now down to my last 2 patches and am 34 weeks pregnant. Can I quit using these cold turkey before my last month of pregnancy and before my baby is born? I'm hoping that my system and my baby's can be clean by then. I don't have any addiction issues, I have been on the Butrans for serious back pain for a few years. My OB is not supportive of any pain management use during pregnancy so I have been using the patch without his knowledge. Is my baby going to have problems if I stop now? There is no way that I know of to "wean" off the lowest 5 mcg patch. Anyone know what to expect?


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Hi tmama6,

I am only responding to keep your post active until some women here with experience in this matter will post back to you.

What I have read so far, you're not supposed to stop Buprenorphine during pregnancy. Wait until the baby is born to stop. It is too much stress on the young one. There really shouldn't be any problems with your child being born addicted. The 5 mcg patch is so very low dose that he/she will most likely not have any symptoms. The dose you are taking is similar to ½ mg of Sub. Not very much at all.

If you are determined to stop beforehand, just leave the patch on for as long as you can. Even after a week a little Bupe is still delivered through your skin.

The other women will chime in and give you hopefully better information than me. Don't worry, you and the baby will be fine.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:29 am 
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Thank you, Rule :)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:39 am 
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By now you probably had your baby. I was wondering what ended up happening on your situation?


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