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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Addiction and Substance Abuse
Xanax in infants
We currently foster two preschool children who were exposed to xanax, hydrocodone and alcohol in utero. Their birthmom is currently expecting a third child. She has continued to use these substances during this pregnancy. The baby may be placed in care with our family. What can we expect to see when the baby comes home and how can we help to ease the transition?
Both agents are associated with a discontinuation syndrome. Upon knowing this, the hospital physicians would take appropriate steps to acutely address these issues. Unfortunately, long term risks are difficult to predict due to the inability to adequately determine quantity and quality of these substances of abuse, and of course other factors including prenatal care.
Nicholas A Votolato, RPh BCPP
Introductory Clinicxal Psychopharamcology
Advanced Clinical Psychopharmacology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University