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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:07 pm 
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Hi ,
I hope I am in the right place. I am six week's pregnant & I am on 8 mg Subxone . I do have a OB doc. I saw him for the first time wed the 17th. He told me that he really did not know much Suboxone. He said that he would let me know at my next appointment , which is in four week's, on what his opinion will be . He is going to talk to a few expert's . In the mean time he told me to continue with my dosage. First of all I'm scared about the side effect's for my unborn child . that's why I logged on here I've read alot of success storie's which made me feel better.Second of all I'm worried that child protective service will be involved. Can you have your newborn taking away if you are on a suboxone treatment ? I am on suboxone legally through my family doc . I was an oppiate addic, but have been clean for two year's thank's to this treatment. Please help with any info you may have

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Hi Annie! I highly doubt your child will be taken away or that child protective services will even be contacted. You are on a legitimate prescription from a doctor. As for the baby, from what I've been reading and what my doctor told me, any withdrawal should be minimal, I'm trying to get down to as little as possible so there is less of a chance for any withdrawals. Good Luck to you and let us know it progresses.


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Good morning!

I can assure you that your child will not be taken by child protective custody. I am a family therapist and worked in community based settings for years closely with DCF and the court system, and a child can be removed for 3 reasons. Abuse, neglect or abandonment - each carefully defined state by state, but you my dear do not fall into any of those categories. The best gift you can give your child (and I have 2) is happy parents. BEST GIFT. continue to enjoy your pregnancy, eat well, relax, get foot massages, take lots of pictures and use your suboxone for what it is for - to keep opiate addiction at bay!


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If you have a current prescription from your doctor for the Suboxone there's nothing that any police officer, prosecutor, janitor can do. I wanted to also say that you don't need to worry about side effects to your child from Suboxone as all the research that has been done up until now does not indicate that it has any negative impact on newborns. I have heard Dr. Junig mention that what he does is to have patients switch to Subutex (pure buprenorphine) because even though the naloxone in Suboxone has not been linked to any health problems among newborns there is a general consensus that pregnant women should be taking as little medication as possible. Hang in there :) Cheer up :) I promise you that there is nothing to worry about as far Suboxone/Subutex is concerned. If anyone tries to "judge" you for being on the medication then well I've just learned to stop caring so much about what others think. We only get one life you know... I'm trying to make the most of it, I hope you can too :wink:

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Hi Annie,
If your OB comes back with a verdict that you have to get off of the sub----FIND ANOTHER OB!!!

I am also pregnant and on subutex and talked to all of my docs BEFORE I got pregnant just to make sure it was all ok. I even saw a high-risk specialist and it is, indeed, OK to continue to take sub while pregnant. In fact, my understanding is that stopping now and going through a withdrawal would be very dangerous for you and baby.

It is understandable that your OB doesn't know much--neither do mine--it is amazing how no one seems to know about this medication! But, this just means that you need to advocate for yourself and educate those who will be handling your care. Ask your sub prescribing doctor to talk with your OB. Find medical information/research articles yourself and share them with your doctors. And if you encounter anyone who refuses to learn and/or who makes you feel like less of a person or stigmatizes you, find another doctor ASAP.

And I echo what the others have said about any legal trouble---that's just not possible. You are taking a legal medication that is being legally prescribed for you for a legitimate medical issue.


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