Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:32 am
Hey, everyone. This is my first time posting on this site, so if this reply lands in the wrong spot, please forgive me. I am trying to comment on using Subutex throughout pregnancy and I want to tell other moms my terrifying story and why I will never take this drug during pregnancy again, ever. It was March, 2006, and I was in the hospital having a planned c-section to deliver my 8 pound baby girl. I had been taking around 24mg Subutex throughout my pregnancy and doctors had me stop taking it only 2 days before surgery. When my baby girl emerged, she cried loud so I thought everything was great. Almost immediately she was rushed from the room and I was told she "wasn't behaving." With that , they closed me up and took me to my room. Long story short, my daughter suffered terrible, probably painful withdrawal symptoms from the Subutex. She was exhibiting every symptom. She stopped breathing on her own and was placed on life-support and within 24 hours she was on a plane headed to San Francisco, UCSF. She was in intensive care being weaned slowly with morpheine and phenobarbital to keep her calm. All together, my baby spent a month in the hospital. I never got to hold her after birth and for a long time I didn't even know her eye color. I went through hell physically too. I had just had surgery and the Subutex was still in my system, preventing me from getting ANY pain relief. I cried in pain. Mental and physical agony. My daughter made it, and she is now 6 years old and apparently suffered no long term effects from her terrible ordeal. For any mom considering taking this drug through the whole pregnancy, please be careful. I have heard stories from both sides of the coin. Some babies go through nothing, while others go through withdrawal. I am currently pregnant again, and on Subutex. But as soon as I found out, I immediately began weaning off. I can't go through that again. Good luck in your decision.