The following important safety information explains the concerns and risks for Suboxone (buprenorphine) treatment of patients who are currently or wish to become pregnant. Suboxone and pregnancy has a considerable number of risks.
Women who are taking or planning to detox from Suboxone during pregnancy should contact a medical professional as soon as possible. Reach out to the detox professionals at Awakenings for Women for more information: 1-877-877-7272.
Suboxone Side Effects
Suboxone can form into an addiction and that means side effects, detox, and withdrawal. The intensity of each will vary depending on the patient and the context of the addiction. Suboxone and pregnancy is a trickier situation than simply Suboxone addiction.
Physical dependence and addiction are not the same thing, but both have an adverse effect during pregnancy.
The side effects of Suboxone withdrawal include:
- Drug withdrawal syndrome
- Numb mouth
- Painful tongue
- Redness of the mouth
- Intoxication (drunk feeling, dizziness)
- disturbance in attention
- Irregular heartbeat
- Decrease in sleep
- Blurred vision
- Back pain
Heroin / Opioid Addiction and Pregnancy
Abusing heroin, prescription painkillers and opioids during pregnancy is very dangerous for your health and for the health of the baby. The best action to take is to receive treatment for heroin addiction as soon as possible.
Suboxone and Pregnancy
The effects of Suboxone and pregnancy are still not fully known.
Unfortunately, there have not been enough medical studies regarding the effects of Suboxone during pregnancy, so there are no definitive answers.
Though early tests suggest that it is safe to use Suboxone during pregnancy, Awakenings for Women suggests speaking to a doctor who can determine the correct course of action based on your specific symptoms.
Is It Okay to Take Suboxone While Pregnant?
Early tests regarding Suboxone and pregnancy are inconclusive. However, we recommend that woman avoid using drugs of any kind during pregnancy and while trying to conceive.
Suboxone will help pregnant woman who cannot reasonably choose any other option, but it should be treated as an alternative option when all other options have been exhausted.
Its recommended that women who are trying to conceive seek treatment for heroin addiction before becoming pregnant.
Woman who are trying to get pregnant can opt for methadone maintenance treatment as an alternative to Suboxone.
If you are already using Suboxone, you can switch to an alternative heroin treatment that is safe during pregnancy. Consider methadone, naltrexone, or a drug free alternative.
Of course, drug free treatments and detox are also acceptable alternatives to Suboxone, if those options are available. These treatment options should only be considered if you are planning on getting pregnant, not if you are already pregnant, since these methods will force you to go into withdrawal which may lead to a miscarriage.
What if You Become Pregnant While Taking Suboxone?
If you unexpectedly become pregnant while using Suboxone, your unborn child may be at risk for birth defects.
There are two important things to consider:
- If you continue to use Suboxone, your child may be at risk of having birth defects.
- If you stop using Suboxone, you may go into withdrawals and this may lead to a miscarriage.
We recommend seeking an addiction treatment center and talking to a detox professional or physician before making your decision.