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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:13 am 
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Hi all
I have a question regarding when giving birth at the hospital.
First a quick background :
At my first appointment with my OB doctor, I was upfront and honest about being on suboxone. I told him I was taking 8mg of suboxone daily because I was addicted to vicodin before, and obviously wanted to turn my life around and started taking subs. He told me he had no experience with suboxone, and went on to ask me who the doctor was that was prescribing them to me. When I told him that I get them without a script and through a reliable friend, because I didn't have insurance at the time, and couldn't afford the cost the office visit and prescription; the whole atmosphere and his demeanor changed. He told me if he wanted to he could report me because I was getting them illeagally, and basically said I needed to be off of them. Scared out of my mind, and really thinking that I would be able to quit soon, by the next appointment, I lied and told him I wasn't taking them anymore. He believed me, and since then has been treating me like a regular patient, and everything (ultra sounds, heartbeat) has been normal.
I really thought I could wean myself off, and was succesfull going from 8mg daily to about 1-2mg. But i soon realized making the "jump" from 1-2mg to nothing was much harder than I realized. So now I'm nearing my due date, still on subs and totally worried and freaking out.
I decided that I am not going to tell my Ob doctor that I am still on subs, seeing that he didn't understand in the first place, and try and wean myself down even more before I deliver. Reading all the posts on here (which have been so comforting) quitting in the 3rd tirmester is dangerous and keeping quiet seems the best idea. The fear I'm having now, is since my OB doctor knew I was taking sub in the first place, and the evidence probably shows on my medical records, when I deliver my baby, will he or the hospital drug test me and the baby?
I am going to a suboxone doctor to get a legal script so that if I am confronted with it, I will have a sub script in my name.


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The hospital could drug test you and/or the baby but I don't think there's any way to know for sure if they will.

I think your best bet is to go to a Sub doctor and get a scrip, then there's really nothing they can do to you.

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so sorry your going thru this i am only in my 16th week. i guess your really too far along to find another ob but not telling them would make me so nervous. I would really try and call someone who knows about suboxone and pregnancy. I live in a small town and my primary care prescribes me subutex but hes been my prescriber for almost three years ? when i found out i was pregnant he did some research and switched me to just the buprenorphine, and ive been to 2 obgyns so far and both of them are okay with suboxone. but i left for other reasons the one i have now is a very nice doc but he sent me to a specialist just to be sure and the specialist was very nice and told me that there should be little problem delivering baby. So it would be kindof dumb to switch doctors at this point for you but maybe you can call a specialist or someone to back you up? but number one you need a doctor to prescribe just in case of drugs tests which might be hard because of how far along you are idk how easy it would be. what aboutwhen you first found out you were pregnanyt? is this the same doc?


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will your ob be delivering your baby? aww i am really angry with ur dr, this is why women like us dont get help and some end up using through their whole pregnancy with out getting prenatal care because of ignorant drs like that, that put fear in women when he shouldve been trying to find you a dr to refer you to that could get you a script and properly handle the situation... my first ob was sort of like that, but i wasnt on subs yet i was still using drugs, i told him each time i went plus he seen on my drug tests i was using, but he would never have answers for my cries for help, he told me to just quit cold turkey, which i knew i couldnt do because of miscarrage, i asked him about subutex or what my options were he didnt know, he just rushed me in and out each appt and treated me like shit... finally i came in it was sometime in the end of my 2nd trimester, maybe my 6 month... and begged him to send me to a methadone clinic, i was scared to get on methadone, just something ive never wanted to do, my brother was on the clinic and it took yrs for him to get off it and when he did it took forever cuz the withdrawls.. i just knew it wasnt for me, but at that point i had to do something for my baby, he sent me to a high risk clinic, where i found out i could get on subs and everything was great after that, ur dr shouldve done that, or helped you, not scared u into lying, what i do know from reading other stories is that if ur baby dosnt show nas you might be ok, because i dont think they specifically test for subs, i may be wrong, but i dont think they show unless they do a specific test... but i do know that if he does go into nas they will bring cps into it especially since you dont have a script and kept it a secret, they do not like secrets.... can you find a sub dr around you and try to get a script, i know ur nearing the end of your pregnancy but i would try to get one asap, and then tell the hospital you are on them, i wish you the best of luck and if u cant get the script i will say a prayer that your baby has no nas and no one ever finds out and you can both go home together, i was on 2mg a day, sometimes a lil less... and my baby didnt suffer any nas.. he went home with me, we went home a couple days after i had him but due to a non sub related fever most likely caused by my epi, best of luck hun


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I am so sorry your going thru this... I am aslo in a very similar situation, so I know how scary it is. I am 36 weeks along and havent told my ob tht I am on subutex. I have a prescribing dr so its all legit but I I just dont know what is going to happen in delivery if she shows signs on NAS. I have no idea how to handle it with the doctors. I chose not to tell them bc I have delivered one baby who showed absolutly NO NAS when I was on 16mg a day and I know how they over react to sub babies in the hospital. I dont want my baby being intentionally put on drugs when chances are, she's fine. But what if this time its different? I have been on subs alot longer this pregnancy than I was last time. I had only been taking it a month before i delivered before, now ive been on it my whole pregnancy. Started out on 24mg and hv gone down to 8 but everytime I try to go lower I get sick. Well, anyway, just thought Id share my situation with you. I think your doing the right thing by not telling your ob. Please let me kno how it turns out. Best of luck to you and your baaby


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And also, with my last baby, I was not prescribed the subs. I got them from my husband and didnt tell ob and they did NOT drug test either one of us, me or baby. im not sure what the laws are where you live but most places wont unless they have reason to suspect, ie-track marks or failed drug tests in the past. My baby was perfect in every way. Nurses even said she was the best baby in the whole nursery! She is now 14 months old and has been on time with all developmental milestones, if not early. -- Hope this eases your mind a bit


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:34 am 
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I am 12 weeks, on subs wo a script. My husband and I share his script. He and I have turned our life around with subs and now I am pregnant. I was honest with my doctor and now I feel as though they are making me jump through hoops. They are considering me "high risk" which may be okay. I just feel as though I can't afford weekly methadone treatment that is 60 miles away from my home!!! It would cost 100 dollars a WEEK!!! I would prefer subutex but I just don't know for sure what to do. I know my doc has me scared to death, and feeling kind of like a junkie. But I also feel as though she is basically just trying to help me and my baby and our limited options. Any advice>? How did your situation turn out? Great I hope. I am planning to taper myself at this point. Any suggestions??


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:12 am 
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I am curious to know how your situation has turned out. I hope it is good. The medical professionals I have dealt w so far have been incredibly judgemental towards me and my illegal sub use. Ironically, the sub dr I have seen once now, has treated me the worst of all these dr's. Pls update us on how your situation is going.


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