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Im on Percocet and Morphine ER for pain conditions and just found out Im pregnant. What are the risks associated with taking these medications?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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In brief: Neonatal abstinence

syndrome is the major pregnancy complication.
Women taking opioids for pain are also passing it along to the fetus, and depending on a variety of factors, about 70% of babies born to moms on opioids will develop a withdrawal syndrome. If possible to taper the medication in your second trimester and use alternative pain management, that would be best. It is treatable in hospitals with expertise.

In brief: Neonatal abstinence

syndrome is the major pregnancy complication.
Women taking opioids for pain are also passing it along to the fetus, and depending on a variety of factors, about 70% of babies born to moms on opioids will develop a withdrawal syndrome. If possible to taper the medication in your second trimester and use alternative pain management, that would be best. It is treatable in hospitals with expertise.
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