Suboxone is a medication that is used to treat opioid addiction. If you are pregnant, take this medication may not be safe. Though the full extent the risks are yet known, it is still considered to be very dangerous. However, it may be safer to take suboxone than to continue taking opiates such as heroin while pregnant.
The US Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has classified suboxone as a category C pregnancy drug. The FDA uses categories to classify which medication could possibly cause harm to the fetus during pregnancy. The classification of Category C means not enough research has been done on humans to know the affects it will have on the fetus. However, studies have shown that it caused harm to the fetus of animals.
A Category C rating is also automatically given to medications that have not been studied on either pregnant women or pregnant animals.
In the study done on pregnant and lactation lab animals, the results show that when given a high dosage of Suboxone, the risk for miscarriages increased. Delayed developments also occurred and some had minor skeletal issues.
When taking suboxone during pregnancy, the active ingredient passes through the placenta and goes directly to the fetus. Because of this, the baby could potentially become dependent on the medication. Once the baby is born and they are no longer receiving the medication through the mother, they may experience withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, not eating well, excessive crying and irritability just to name a few.
Even though Suboxone is considered a Category C drug that could potentially be dangerous to pregnant women, it may still be given if the doctor feels it is absolutely necessary and will do more good than harm.
So if you are currently taking suboxone and are pregnant, think you are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant, speak to your doctor immediately. They will be able to make an informed decision on whether you should stay on it or get off of it while you are pregnant. They might even just lower your dosage for the 9 months you are pregnant.
No matter what, just make sure you put the health of the baby first. And if that means you have to stop taking Suboxone for a while, then so be it. Just make sure you speak to your doctor immediately so they can assess the risks or benefits that may be involved.