Epilepsy & Neurologic Disorders

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Also known as Buprenorphine is also known as Belbuca, Buprenex, Probuphine, and Suboxone

THE SAFETY OF BUPRENORPHINE DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

THIS MEDICATION CAN CAUSE HARM TO YOUR BABY: Untreated opioid use disorder is dangerous for pregnant women and their developing babies. There is limited information available on the safety of buprenorphine use during pregnancy. Some studies have reported an increased risk of neonatal withdrawal syndrome with the use of this medication during pregnancy; however, the risk of neonatal withdrawal syndrome is expected to be less with buprenorphine than with methadone. There have been no reports of birth defects associated with buprenorphine; however, animal studies suggest there may be developmental changes in offspring exposed to buprenorphine in utero. Caution is advised if continuing to breastfeed while taking buprenorphine. The manufacturer advises women who are taking buprenorphine to avoid breastfeeding their infants. Nursing infants should be monitored for signs of low weight gain and neonatal withdrawal syndrome.


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