Methadone Treatment in Pregnancy…That Can’t Be Right, Can It?


This journal article was published in the Spring 2012 issue of Northeast Florida Medicine. The author of the article, Stacy Seikel, MD, wrote: Every day, pregnant women with opiate addiction come to me wanting to “detox” and get off “everything.” It takes support and education with the patient and family for them to understand that they are doing the right thing for the baby by going on methadone. They must understand the difference between untreated withdrawal (intrauterine) and treatable withdrawal in the neonate. The patient needs to be constantly reassured that she is putting her infant first and doing the right thing. A team approach of obstetricians, pediatricians, neonatologists, nurses, addictionologist, and primary care providers all giving the patient the same message, that she is doing the right thing by going on methadone, is invaluable.”

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Source: Northeast Florida Medicine Vol. 63, No. 1 2012