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Pregnat & addicted to pills

I am 36 weeks pregnat. I have been taking roxys for the past 2 yrs a few times a week. But the part few months .have taken them every day. I am trying hard to quit but I can't. I'm scared of what it is doing to the baby. How long do the physical withdrawals last? I really need someone to help me through this, my family has no idea so I'm alone in this addiction wich makes it even harder.
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2083449 tn?1381354708
Hi and welcome! I do not have any experience in this area, but I do know there are several people here who do! Read posts about pregnancy, there is a lot of information in them! Sounds like you are getting close to your due date right? Does you doctor know you are taking Roxis? Withdrawals typically last about a week, but it depends on how much you are taking! You need to talk to your doctor about this and now! Everything you do is affecting the baby! The doctor can advise you how to go forward at this point! Do not stop suddenly taking them! If you go through withdrawals, the baby will to! Please talk to your doctor and be honest!  Do it ASAP! You do not want there to be any problems at birth, and have the doctor unaware! Take care, I wish you the very best!
495284 tn?1333894042
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Please do not go cold turkey.  That is very dangerous for both you and the baby.  Does your doctor know about this?  If he doesnt you really need to talk with him.  Most babies are checked now for opiates.  Also the baby may be born addicted and the hospital needs to be ready to help this little one out.
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My dr doesn't know, she wouldn't even see me if I was a cigg smoker so I know she would report me if I told her. I have a 2 yr old also and I'm scared they would take both of them away. That's why I'm trying to quit. My sister did them while pregnat and her son is fine. If I quit now, would my baby still be born addicted?
495284 tn?1333894042
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How many roxies are you taking a day?
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How many are you taking a day and was this the whole pregnancy?
2083449 tn?1381354708
If you quit now, both you and your baby will go through difficult withdrawals! This will put a lot of stress on the baby! Please do not just stop taking them! I believe that in most every state baby's are tested for opiates! If your baby starts going through withdrawals at birth, and your doctor is not aware of this beforehand,  the doctor/hospital will contact Child Protective Services, and they may take your baby and possibly your other child! I'm not trying to scare you but, you need to be aware of the strong possibilities here! I'm sorry but in my opinion you are taking a hug risk here if you do not tell your doctor! Please tell your doctor the truth now! This way they will be prepared for your baby's withdrawals and they may not get CPS involved. I can't promise you that, but it will be much easier to tell your doctor beforehand, than to deal with all of this when your baby is born! Also, I've read that stopping pills suddenly could bring on early labor! Take care, I'm praying for you and your baby!
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I've been taking 1 a day, but the past few weeks only a few times a week. Today I've taken nothing and I feel fine.
2122807 tn?1560619706
you aren't taking that much. Do tell your doctor, but I wouldn't worry so much because you aren't taking that much, but still, you don't want to mess around with the birth of your baby and regret it later, so tell the doctor.
hus and prayers,
Lily
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So, the most you've ever taken while pregnant is one per day?  Tapering a prn med is usually fine but CT is dangerous. You need to go by how you feel and know the babe feels what you feel...

If you're afraid to tell the doctor can you call a help line in your area? Here's the thing:  It's standard procedure to do a tox screen on new Moms coming in to deliver. I don't know if you'd test pos. or not...it's a crap shoot at this point. If you did test pos. they would then test the baby and they would know every single thing you took in the last 6 months. So...you may need to tell someone like your doctor. I'd err on the side of caution here and tell. What can she do? Kick you out?  It's better if she knows going IN than becoming surprised!   Just say you've been forced to take a few pain meds for some pain and want her to know. Period. You've told the truth.

No one wants to take your kiddos over a few pain pills; especially if you're honest about it.    Think it over..
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Ok, so I have a dr appt fri. They know I have been having alot of pain with a bad tooth. I will tell them I took a few peks for the pain. See where it gites from there. Thank u everyone for ur advice.
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Exactly. It may be stretching the truth but  the important part will be honest. Now, I have to say this, you'll need to think about this after the baby is born and make a plan for you. Do you think you're an addict? If so, it's not good at all. Try to get some help for that. So many of us know about addiction and we're mothers and it's so hard...Save yourself those problems now because you're not very deep in this yet.

On Friday, she'll ask you how many per day and where you got them. She'll ask when the last one was. Just be ready with your answers. Easy. Then she'll probably get a urine sample and it will probably be fine. You know what to do from there!

Let us know how it goes!
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I'm gonna tell her it was an old script. That I took about 4 10mg pills over the weekend. That way if they send it to a lab to see the levels, it will be right
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I'm gonna tell her it was an old script. That I took about 4 10mg pills over the weekend. That way if they send it to a lab to see the levels, it will be right
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Eventually you will need to seek help, yoru baby deserves it and I know how hard it is, I am in the final stages of a methadone taper but have battled through an addiction with raising a little girl in the mix TRUST ME IT CAN ALWAYS GET WORSE but with help it can always get better.  
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Okay... The important thing to me is to get the info to her and check on the baby. It's a big baby now and should be strong and moving a lot! She'll check for a strong HR and everything. YOU need to be aware of what's happening to YOU, as well, and if there are any changes in the baby's activity level. I say this because you've stopped the pills, right?

You didn't take that much and you'll be seeing her Friday so I feel better about that. Then you'll have a neg urine screen so you shouldn't have a problem. Just sit tight until then okay? And pay attention to how you're feeling...  Post anytime.
2141741 tn?1336664972
I can completely relate to you hun...I am 23 weeks pregnant and having a hard time with pills, even though I have been pill free since being 6-8 weeks pregnant I am now fighting depression, so bad where I feel hopeless at times...everyone is different with the withdrawals I am fighting about 5% withdrawals and 95% depression...it doesn't help that my husband asks if I want him to fill his Vicodin prescription...nice support right?? But of course I say no...I couldn't put my body or baby thru all of the stress again...it was the worst feeling ever...anyways if you want to talk feel free to send me a message...good luck sweetie....and know your not alone, you have a lot if support here :)
377493 tn?1356502149
Hi there!  I am not a regular here but dominosarah asked me if I would come over to chat with you.  I am the CL of one of the pregnancy forums, and in my real life work for an agency where part of what we do is help women like you.  I work with OB's and nurses who help people in your situation every single day and that is where I get much of my information.

First please know you are not alone.  It would probably astound you to know just how many women find themselves in the same situation as you.  Also know that there is no shame in talking to your OB (or another).  I promise you they have heard this before.  Trust me when I say they have seen it all.  

I get the feeling you have decided you want to stop and that is fantastic!  For the health of your child and for your own sake, it's time to come clean with your Dr.  There are a couple of very important reasons for this.  First off, it is dangerous for your baby to stop cold turkey or try to quit on your own.  This absolutely must be done only under medical supervision.  I cannot stress this enough.  Even trying to taper alone can be really dangerous.  If your body is addicted, then  is your child now.  I'm not being mean, just honest.  So any withdrawals you experience, your baby will experience as well, and the experience will be harder on he/she then on you.  So this must be done properly.

Secondly, telling your Dr. you took a few for pain isn't going to fool them. I'm sorry, but it won't.  Babies in utero do not experience withdrawal from a few episodes of usage. I don't think anyone can say right now whether or not your baby is addicted...amounts for babies will be different then amounts for you.  Your Dr. has to know so that your baby can be helped at birth to also withdraw in a safe and healthy way.  It is critical that you be honest about usage.  Also, if you don't speak up and baby should experience withdrawals, it will be a much tougher situation with social services then it would be with being honest up front.

I understand your scared.  And I know that being honest about this is probably both embarrassing and scary for you.  I absolutely believe heart and soul that you love your child.  Both of them.  And I can't tell you there will be no consequences...there are just so many factors to consider.  I can tell you that drug usage alone is typically not enough to have a child removed, it's just one piece of a much larger puzzle.

If you are not comfortable talking to your OB, get on line and look for agencies in your area that are dedicated to this type of a situation.  They are typically non profits and they tend to be more concerned with getting you whatever help you may need then they are in passing judgement or trying to have your kids removed from your care.  You are not a horrible mother or a horrible parent.

Whatever you choose to do, please know I wish you nothing but the best and a happy, healthy delivery.  Take care.

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