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Is It Safe To Take Morphine While Pregnant
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Yes, but...: We do try to avoid narcotics when we can. Vicodin has a narcotic and tylenol (acetaminophen) in it. The narcotic does get to the baby a bit. Babies born after mom has been on a narcotic every day for a while do go through a withdrawal. So we try to avoid it, especially long term. But for an acute pain, it is safe in pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: You can use morphine while pregnant or breastfeeding for very specific reasons and for very short periods of time. Usually it is used for pain control. Having your appendix removed while pregnant, a c-section, or suffering from kidney stones are some examples of situations where you might need morphine for a short time. It is addictive to the mom and the baby so you can't use for a long time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Most, if not all, pain meds are considered safe in pregnancy and post-partum to provide pain relief for the mom. However, we know that small amounts of the drug cross the placenta or pass into the breast milk, so the question isn't really if Oxycontin is safe to take, but is it necessary to take. There are other, less potent meds that will provide adequate pain relief without medicating the baby. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No: Clonazepan is a long-acting benzodiazepine, pregnancy category d, meaning positive risk to the fetus. Discuss w/ OB risk to fetus vs benefit to you. If quitting, should be tapered off to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Buspar (buspirone) is category b & may provide temporary option during your pregnancy. Be sure to take your pre-natal vitamins (folic acid especially). ...Read more
Would NOT advise: Phenobarbital is clearly teratogenic and can cause midline malformations, especially within the first 6-8 weeks of development. Do not understand, in this day and age, why someone might be taking phenobarbital, but perhaps a vestige of years past. Problem stopping as must be very slow tapering due to risk of withdrawal seizure. ...Read more
See below: The risks of amitryptyline have to weighed against the benefits in a woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding. Its a difficult decision for parents. This special section from the national institute of mental health website might help: http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/mental-health-medications/which-groups-have-special-needs-when-taking-psychiatric-medications.Shtml. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's alternative?: If your opiate addiction is so severe that without suboxone you are likely to relapse, being on this medication is safer than not. Obviously it has some risks that are worse than sugar pill, but that's not what we must compare it to - we must compare to to heroin and/or other opiates you were using before starting suboxone. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly not: Fluorometholone is listed as "category c, " as are the other steroid eye drops I am familiar with. "category c" = risk may exist; either animal studies found problems, or there are no animal or human studies available. It is necessary to determine whether or not the risks of the medicine outweigh the benefits, and this should be done in conversation with the prescribing physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Ibuprofen is an NSAID and you should not take this in pregnancy unless directed by your obstetrician for a few very specific indications. For fever, headaches and pains that you might take Ibuprofen for outside of pregnancy take tylenol (acetaminophen) for in pregnancy unless you are allergic to tylenol (acetaminophen) or have liver disease. Alleve is also not to be taken in pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe, maybe not: Phenelzine is a class c which means there is some possible evidence of fetal effects, but no controlled studies have been done. Most medications are in this class. As with any medication, it is important to weigh the risk to both yourself and your baby compared to the benefit. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antidepressant med?: Look at my previous answer.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: A blood thinner like Heparin is required to treat some conditions like blood clots, which can be life-threatening. It can increase bleeding so it is very important that women with these conditions see an expert (eg, perinatologist or hematologist), have an accurate diagnosis and discussion of risks and benefits of anticoagulation to mom & baby, have monitoring of their condition through pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Risk/benefit: Generally try to avoid in the 1st trimester, though the risk of cleft palate and lip may be less than once thought. Safe in the 2nd and 3rd trimester, with high doses maybe some risk of decreased muscle tone/slowed breathing (rare). There is a risk of preterm labor and low birthweight infants, as well as pre-eclampsia in anxiety disorders. Please see mass general's women's mental health page! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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