Pregnancy is supposed to be a beautiful experience, but if you’re suffering with Actiq dependency, you may be worried about yourself and your baby. Getting the right Actiq treatment can make all the difference.
Actiq is a narcotic pain medication that is a solid form of Fentanyl. This medication comes in lollipop form – a lozenge on a stick that dissolves in the mouth. It’s meant to treat breakthrough cancer pain in opiate tolerant individuals, but some healthcare professionals are prescribing it for other, less severe pain caused by migraines, back problems, arthritis and injuries. This drug is not meant to be used for occasional or short-term pain and carries several risks such as dependence, addiction and possible overdose.
Actiq is a potent opioid with a very high potential for abuse. It can be habit forming and should only be taken under the guidance of a physician. The possible euphoric effects brought on by Actiq can make it extremely susceptible for abuse, even among those who take it for a legitimate reason. Actiq is a fast acting analgesic and people build a tolerance to the drug quickly. They may take more to achieve the desired effect, a bad idea that can escalate.
Pregnant Women Dependent Upon Actiq Treatment
Opiate use and abuse during pregnancy is not uncommon. Opiate abuse during pregnancy poses many risks to both mother and unborn child. This can result in low birth weight, preterm delivery, SIDS and neonatal withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms may affect newborns’ central nervous system, gastrointestinal tract and can cause a host of other health problems.
Many expectant mothers want to stop use of Actiq for fears of harming the fetus. Stopping cold turkey should not be an option. Coming off opiates during pregnancy can be extremely dangerous for both mother and child and it is strongly discouraged.
The only approved method of Actiq treatment during pregnancy is methadone. This powerful narcotic is considered substitution or “replacement” therapy. It’s used to help patients beat an addiction to drugs deemed more dangerous or abuse prone. Methadone is long lasting and helps to relieve cravings and most withdrawal symptoms. It allows mothers to ease off Actiq, increasing the chances of survival for the baby. Expectant mothers can obtain methadone through maintenance programs on an outpatient basis.
Expectant mothers can take part in an inpatient opiate treatment program and receive their methadone under the care of professionals. It’s very important these women have constant access to healthcare so doctors can track their progress and rule out any possible complications.
Most pregnant women don’t want to be dependent on opiates or to harm their child. Sometimes, their fear of Actiq withdrawal prevents them from quitting. Methadone treatment can minimize or prevent the intense symptoms of opiate withdrawal and help them recover and have a safe and healthy pregnancy.