Women’s Health Caution When Using Opoids During Pregnancy

Opioid (hydrocodone, etc) are often considered second line drugs after acetaminophen, for treating pain during pregnancy.But during EARLY pregnancy, opioids are linked to a small increase in neural tube defects and possibly other birth defects.During LATE pregnancy, opioids are associated with respiratory distress and withdrawal symptoms in newborns.Continue to recommend acetaminophen first, during pregnancy as well as non-drug options such as physical therapy, when appropriate. Suggest saving opioid for more severe pain but use them for only the shortest duration possible.Try to avoid NSAIDs. They are linked to miscarriage in the 1st trimester and possibly through the first half of pregnancy.

CAUTION: Do not take any medications(s) or drugs without first consulting your physician(s)