Methadose (methadone) is a preferred treatment for opioid use disorder during pregnancy, when prescribed as part of a medication-assisted treatment program.
Methadose is also prescribed as:
Methadose is commonly prescribed for the treatment of chronic pain and addiction to opioid drugs such as heroin, morphine, fentanyl, and oxycodone (OxyContin).
Benefits Of Methadose Treatment For Addiction During Pregnancy
Methadose is FDA-approved as a medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. It can offer several benefits for opioid-addicted individuals who are or become pregnant.
Benefits of methadone treatment for pregnant patients with opioid use disorder include:
- reduced risk of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS)
- less severe NOWS symptoms in newborns
- higher birthweight and gestational age
- increased access to prenatal care and treatment for infectious diseases
- prevents maternal withdrawal symptoms
- reduces health risks associated with untreated opioid use disorder
Methadone maintenance, or the use of buprenorphine for opioid dependence, is preferred over detoxing from opioids, which can risk complications during pregnancy.
Dangers Of Untreated Opioid Use Disorder During Pregnancy
Opioid abuse during pregnancy can pose serious risks to fetal development and growth. For this reason, switching to methadone or buprenorphine is strongly encouraged.
Health risks associated with untreated opioid abuse include:
- severe withdrawal in newborns
- fetal convulsions
- poor maternal health outcomes
- birth defects
- preterm birth
- low birthweight
- longer hospital stays
- fetal death
Medication-assisted treatment with Methadose can help prevent these complications, and can increase the safety of both the mother and developing fetus.
Are There Risks To Taking Methadose While Pregnant?
Methadose can be safely taken for opioid addiction during pregnancy, but this type of treatment doesn’t come without certain risks.
Potential risks might include:
- preterm birth
- lower birth-weight
- neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)
- longer hospital stay for observation
Potential effects and risks of Methadose use while pregnant are treatable. If you’re concerned about these risks, talk to your doctor about whether Methadose is right for you.
Why Methadose Is Used During Pregnancy
Medication-assisted treatment with methadone or buprenorphine is recommended during pregnancy, in part due to the potential dangers of trying to detox while pregnant.
Methadone is a leading treatment for opioid use disorder. Stopping opioid drugs too quickly or attempting detox could cause fetal distress or miscarriage.
Methadone offers a safer alternative to other opioid drugs, including the illicit drug heroin, which can have harmful effects on fetal development and growth.
What To Do If You Become Pregnant While Taking Methadose
If you or someone you know is taking Methadose and becomes pregnant, contact the prescribing doctor right away for further guidance.
Your doctor may need to adjust your dosage or develop a new treatment plan to accommodate your health-related needs for the duration of your pregnancy.
Call Today To Find Opioid Addiction Treatment For Pregnancy
Some addiction rehab centers in the U.S. offer specialty treatment programs for pregnant patients, which can offer integrated prenatal care with addiction treatment.
If you’re looking for opioid addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one who’s pregnant, call our helpline to find nearby treatment options today.
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — About Opioid Use During Pregnancy
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) — Methadone
- U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — What treatment is available for pregnant mothers and their babies?