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Medication to treat opiate dependency during pregnancy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   is this a real person
Doctor :   yes
User :   I'm pregnant and an opiate user, i want to quit and i can, but im worried about the risks
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Who prescribe you the opiates
User :   nobody, i buy them on the streets
Doctor :   What is your age?
User :   20
User :   what are the risks? should i get on a maintenence program, i dont want to but if quitting cold turkey is harmful, i will
Doctor :   So there will be Opiate Withdrawl effects
Doctor :   yes there will be a maitainence program
Doctor :   and it is pretty much treatable
Doctor :   and there are some drugs for treating the Opiate dependence
User :   if i quit cold turkey, how harmful is it to the baby
Doctor :   If you dont quit then it would be harmful
Doctor :   How many weeks pregnant are yuo?
User :   about 6 or 7
Doctor :   Is it confirmed
User :   if i quit cold turkey right now... is it harmful... i dont want to be on a maintenece like methadone or beup.... but i heard that stopping cold turkey is more harmful
User :   yes
Doctor :   It causes Opiate Withdrawl
Doctor :   initially
Doctor :   but after maintainence program
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