Safety of the newer class of opioid antagonists in pregnancy.

Authors: Poon S, Pupco A, Koren G, Bozzo P
QUESTION: I have a patient recently confirmed to be 6 weeks pregnant. For the past 6 months she has been treated for an opioid addiction with buprenorphine-naloxone combination. Should I be concerned about her exposure to this drug combination up to this point of the pregnancy? Should I switch her medication to methadone now that she is pregnant?
ANSWER: The limited data on buprenorphine exposure during pregnancy show no increased risk of adverse outcomes in the newborn. There are limited data on naloxone exposure during pregnancy; however, oral use is not expected to be associated with an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Physicians treating pregnant women or women who become pregnant while they are stable taking …