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Can you take tramadol during pregnancy?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
10 doctors agree

In brief: Don't.

As a general principal, take no medications during pregnancy, esp.
The first 12 weeks, when the organs are forming. A few drugs r considered safe, but most r harmful or unknown. Medication taken before or needed during preg must have benefits that outweigh possible risk. Tramadol, an atypical pain med, has no possible benefit. Check with your OB about any drug, rx or otc, herb or supplement.

In brief: Don't.

As a general principal, take no medications during pregnancy, esp.
The first 12 weeks, when the organs are forming. A few drugs r considered safe, but most r harmful or unknown. Medication taken before or needed during preg must have benefits that outweigh possible risk. Tramadol, an atypical pain med, has no possible benefit. Check with your OB about any drug, rx or otc, herb or supplement.
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Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Risks vs Benefits

It is a category c drug meaning animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
You have to discuss this with your obstetrician if you need the drug to treat a painful condition.

In brief: Risks vs Benefits

It is a category c drug meaning animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
You have to discuss this with your obstetrician if you need the drug to treat a painful condition.
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
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In brief: Tramadol in pregnanc

Tramadol (ultram) is pregnancy category c, which means animals studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus, but there are no controlled human studies (unethical).
Best to ask your OB for an alternate pain med, preferably one in category a or b, like tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine. (morphine is also category b but far too strong & could cause drug withdrawl in the newborn).

In brief: Tramadol in pregnanc

Tramadol (ultram) is pregnancy category c, which means animals studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus, but there are no controlled human studies (unethical).
Best to ask your OB for an alternate pain med, preferably one in category a or b, like tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine. (morphine is also category b but far too strong & could cause drug withdrawl in the newborn).
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: No

The pdr cites neonatal seizures, neonatal withdrawal syndrome, fetal death and stillbirth in association with the use of this product.
Physicians are advised to avoid prescribing this product unless the benefit exceeds the riisk. That decision is difficult in many situations. The one baby i cared for that received this med thru an error couldn't make urine for a week & rqd close followup.

In brief: No

The pdr cites neonatal seizures, neonatal withdrawal syndrome, fetal death and stillbirth in association with the use of this product.
Physicians are advised to avoid prescribing this product unless the benefit exceeds the riisk. That decision is difficult in many situations. The one baby i cared for that received this med thru an error couldn't make urine for a week & rqd close followup.
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