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Is it safe to take Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10mg as directed for pain while 6wks pregnant?

Is it safe to take Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10mg as directed for pain while 6wks pregnant?

Medically necessary: It's safe if it is medically necessary, and you stop as soon as possible. It is definitely not ideal. Ask the prescribing doctor if he/she knows you are pregnant; if you have no prescribing doctor and got it somewhere else, do not use it. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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How safe is it to take norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) while pregnant I'm almost 8 months and stopped taking it 4 months ago will my babies be addicted I only took about 4 out?

How safe is it to take norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) while pregnant I'm almost 8 months and stopped taking it 4 months ago will my babies be addicted I only took about 4 out?

Baby will be fine: In general, doctors try not to give narcotics during pregnancy. It sounds like you didn't take very much and it was a long time ago. There is basically zero risk that your baby would be addicted. Remember that your body processes medications first and then the medications have to cross through the placenta which also metabolizes medications (double protection for the baby). ...Read more

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I'm 22 weeks pregnant and want to stop norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) and flexeral. Is it safe? I take 6 norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) a day. How should I go about stopping so no withdrawals?

I'm 22 weeks pregnant and want to stop norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) and flexeral. Is it safe? I take 6 norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) a day. How should I go about stopping so no withdrawals?

Slowly taper: In the states we would put you on either Methadone or Buprenorphine during pregnancy and then taper after. Since that may not be an option, do a slow taper, go down to 5 pills a day for 5 days and then 4 a day for 5 days and so on. We don't usually try to detox pregnant patients since the stress can trigger early labor. Discuss your options with your ob. ...Read more

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My wife just found out she's pregant she takes norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 7.5/325mg is it safe for her to still take them she has serve back neck and knee pain?

My wife just found out she's pregant she takes norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 7.5/325mg is it safe for her to still take them she has serve back neck and knee pain?

Other meds preferred: Congratulations on the pregnancy. The most common reason women take these pain medications are back pain and headaches. When used carefully by a pregnant woman under the direction of a doctor for a short period of time, there is no conclusive evidence that hydrocodone will cause long-term effects in babies. Excessive use cause complications for the baby, however, particularly after delivery. ...Read more

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Is suboxin safer then norcos (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) while pregnant?

Is suboxin safer then norcos (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) while pregnant?

No: Suboxone is classified as category c by the fda. It has caused defects in animal studies but has not been adequately studied in humans. Hydrocodone also carries a c classification. Use of either is only indicated if the benefits outweigh the risks. Your obstetrician will advise you. ...Read more

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I found out I'm 4 weeks pregnant and take norco for migraines. Maybe 2 a day at the most once every week or two, is my baby at risk to be addicted?

I found out I'm 4 weeks pregnant and take norco for migraines. Maybe 2 a day at the most once every week or two, is my baby at risk to be addicted?

Unlikely: Unlikely that a day or two is going to cause your baby to be an addict but please see a neurologist with interest in headaches. There are many better options out there better than Norco (pregnant or not) and there are still options while you are pregnant (don't follow the myth that there is nothing that can be done). ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10mg as prescribed for pain while 6wks pregnant?

Is it safe to use Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10mg as prescribed for pain while 6wks pregnant?

No: The clear recommendation is to ONLY resort to it if the potential benefits outweigh the risks to the fetus. So, it's a judgement call. Definitely talk to your OBGYN before taking it and seek alternative means of managing pain. This will be valuable to you over the near future at least. Best wishes for a healthy birth experience. ...Read more

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Can you take phenergren while taking norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) during pregnancy?

Category C: Category c means that the medication in this category tested on pregnant animal and showed adverse effect. It has not been tested on human.
Norco and Phenergan (promethazine) both are category c.
Please talk to your doctor for a safer choice. ...Read more

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I am 7wks pregnant and take 1 Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10/325 for back pain. Not daily, but as needed and no more than one in a day. Will the baby have any problems?

I am 7wks pregnant and take 1 Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10/325 for back pain. Not daily, but as needed and no more than one in a day. Will the baby have any problems?

Probably safe: No medication is completely safe for the baby, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. However, the amount of Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) you are taking has been used safely by others with no significant adverse effects to the fetus. Follow up with your obstetrician to make sure you and the baby stay healthy. ...Read more

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I am 29 weeks pregnant and I'm out ofmy norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10s, I took 4-5 a day prescribed, for at least a month. Having withdrawals now. Is baby safe?

I am 29 weeks pregnant and I'm out ofmy norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10s, I took 4-5 a day prescribed, for at least a month. Having withdrawals now. Is baby safe?

Go to DETOX: Nope. You are not safe and the baby is not safe. Your addiction has led you to the point where you may seize if you withdraw. It is time today to get to a medical detox center to be observed as you enter being drug and alcohol free. ...Read more

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I'm 12 weeks pregnant, and have pulled something in my neck. I am in agony. Can I take a Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) to ease the pain?

I'm 12 weeks pregnant, and have pulled something in my neck. I am in agony. Can I take a Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) to ease the pain?

You Can: This is a treacherous area. Opiate pain medication and tylenol (acetaminophen) (the two ingredients in NORCO) are considered safe in pregnancy but should be reserved for occasional use when really needed. Opiates taken every day rapidly lead to tolerance and addiction in both mother and baby. Babies born dependent on opiates experience withdrawal and generally have problems even after they withdraw. ...Read more

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Hello I'm 7 weeks pregnant and I have been in n norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) sense I was 14 and I'm 21 due to 2 back surgeries. Can I still take norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) and lower the dose?

Yes: Abrupt withdraw from narcotics can cause harm to the baby. In the setting of chronic use of narcotics of long duration, it is often best to try to slowly taper down to the lowest dose possible. A zero dose is good but not always possible. Bear in mind that your baby will have to withdraw from narcotics when born and this is a difficult way to start life. Work with your Ob on this! ...Read more

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15 weeks pregnant at hospital had appendix removed they gaved me norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) is that safe for the baby?

What did they say?: Did u ask them because u should have asked them. That has hydrocodone and acetominiphen, which normally u would not take if u are pregnant but after that surgery if u have to use those for a few days it will most likely not cause a problem but ask your OB as your OB may want to have the surgeon use something different, u are not supposed to take mortin either. ...Read more

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I have chronic back and neck pain. I take norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) and flexeral. I'm 21 weeks pregnant and I'm wondering if baby will have withdrawal when born?

Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) is a narcotic: All narcotics can cause symptoms of withdrawal after cessation of use. Everything you take affects the fetus in some way. Norco is hydrocodone and acetaminophen (tylenol). Hydrocodone is a synthetic derivative of an opiate. ...Read more

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I'm 18 weeks pregnant my ob said I couldn't take norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) or FioRicet for my migraines, but another ob in the same practice said it was OK? I'm confused

I'm 18 weeks pregnant my ob said I couldn't take norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) or FioRicet for my migraines, but another ob in the same practice said it was OK? I'm confused

Risk/benefit ratio: This is an example of risk/benefit ratio, the situation is if you migraines are to the point that you may end up in the emergency room where they would need narcotic to relieve your pain, it is better to take a smaller dose of narcotic to relieve pain. These medication do affect your fetus but in lower doses and short term use they do not have long term effects to the fetus. ...Read more

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I've been taking norcos pills for 2 years and I just found out I'm 2 months pregnant. Should I stop taking them right away or should I wait?

I've been taking norcos pills for 2 years and I just found out I'm 2 months pregnant. Should I stop taking them right away or should I wait?

Wean: Neonatal abstinence syndrome (withdrawal) is an expected and treatable condition that follows prenatal exposure to opioid agonists such as Norco. However why not get off these medications and spare the baby and spare you the worry?
I would work with your Prescriber to wean you off this medication now. You do not need to have a baby born with the potential to have withdrawal at birth. ...Read more

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Do I have to stop taking norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) since I'm now pregnant it is used for my headaches?

Category C: This group of meds is considered relatively safe in pregnancy if used in normal amounts. Animal studies have suggested so fetal risk but no particular risk has been found in humans. Not enough data is available to list it in a safer category. Use near the time of delivery has produced sedation and respiratory depression. ...Read more

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Why do doctors prescribe norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) during pregnancy?

Narcotics?: If there is pain, this is actually in the list of safe (r) drugs for pregnancy. ...Read more

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Hi, I believe I am 4 weeks pregnant and have been taking norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10 three to six times a day.....will my baby be OK if I stop within a week or so?

Rx or recreational?: Are you taking Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10 for a specific ailment prescribed by a MD or is this "recreational" use? If it a Rx given by a MD (acute use) inform your MD that you are pregnant and the safest way to "wean" off of the medication. If it is "recreational" use (chronic use) then you may need to be "detoxed" by a rehab facility. Either way stopping the Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) should be very soon to avoid fetal drug issues. ...Read more

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I'm 35 weeks pregnant and taking up to 3 norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10mg a day. Will my baby be addicted? I'm doing my best to quit : (

I'm 35 weeks pregnant and taking up to 3 norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10mg a day. Will my baby be addicted? I'm doing my best to quit : (

Possible: If you are addicted the baby could be addicted. Talk to your doctor about getting help. If you have discussed it with your doctor and are getting help you will have some legal protections if the baby is born addicted and the nursery will be alerted to look out for and manage this in your baby. The fact that you are trying says a lot for the kind of caring mother you are going to be. Good luck. ...Read more

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Just found out I'm 9 weeks pregnant and have been abusing norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen). I have a last script I plan on weaning down. Will my baby be ok if I wean down now?

Just found out I'm 9 weeks pregnant and have been abusing norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen). I have a last script I plan on weaning down. Will my baby be ok if I wean down now?

Pregnancy: First of all congratulations on wanting to get clean and have a healthy baby. Fortunately you are still very early on in pregnancy and your baby will hopefully be fine. Most important is to see your obgyn as soon as possible and stop the medication. Take care and good luck! ...Read more

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