What You Need to Know About Taking Conzip While Pregnant

Can You Take Conzip While Pregnant?

Conzip is a brand-name, prescription medication. The generic name is tramadol, which works in the brain and central nervous system in a way similar to opioids. Conzip is prescribed to treat pain that’s moderate to moderately severe. Potential side effects of Conzip are similar to those of other opioids. The most common side effects include nausea, constipation, and itchiness. When someone uses Conzip or any opioid, the drug binds to certain receptor sites. Drugs like Conzip also slow the overall function of the central nervous system. Opioids can slow breathing as well, which is one reason they’re especially dangerous.

Conzip and other drugs like it are controlled substances in the U.S., which indicates the potential they have for abuse and dependence. Some people using Conzip may feel a sense of euphoria or other pleasant mental feelings on the drug. This can trigger a reward cycle in the brain which compels them to keep using the drug despite negative consequences.

Can you take Conzip while pregnant? The answer is that it’s probably not safe to take Conzip or any opioid during pregnancy unless your doctor specifically tells you to. As far as pain relief during labor and delivery, the use of tramadol-based medications generally isn’t advisable. Tramadol can have a long onset of action, and then there can be more of the drug concentration in the blood of the baby as a result.

What You Need to Know About Taking Conzip While Pregnant

It’s difficult to say for certain that any medication, including Conzip, will cause birth defects. Much of the research that currently looks at the effects of medicines during pregnancy is observational. However, there have been a growing number of mothers reporting that they used opioids like Conzip during pregnancy. This is likely because of increased prescribing rates of these drugs, as well as the effects of the ongoing opioid epidemic.

A recently published study in an obstetrics and gynecology journal looked at opioids and their use during pregnancy. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Boston University found that when mothers use opioids during the first two months of pregnancy, they were two times more likely to have a baby with a neural tube defect –compared to women who didn’t use opioids during pregnancy. The use of opioids during pregnancy was also linked with a higher likelihood of hydrocephaly, a buildup of fluid in the brain, and gastroschisis, a birth defect affecting the abdominal wall. Congenital heart defects may be more likely with the use of opioids like Conzip during pregnancy as well.

Conzip can cause babies to become addicted in vitro, causing them to have neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) after birth. NAS can occur after exposure to any opioid during pregnancy including methadone, buprenorphine, heroin, and prescription pain medications. As the substance passes through the placenta, the baby becomes dependent upon it. The severity and specific symptoms of NAS depend on factors such as how much of the medication or drug was being used, how long the drug was used, and whether the baby was born full-term or premature. Symptoms will usually begin within one to three days after birth, but they may not appear for a week after birth in some cases. Symptoms can include excessive or high-pitching crying, increased muscle rigidity, fever, and overactive reflexes. Tremors, convulsions, poor feeding, breathing problems, sleep issues, and slow weight gain are also possible. Babies born with NAS will usually have to stay in the NICU until the symptoms start to subside.

If you’re pregnant and your doctor prescribes opioids to you, you may want to speak with them about why they’ve chosen this route. There may be other ways to treat your pain aside from using a prescription opioid like Conzip. On the other hand, if you have been using Conzip or another opioid before becoming pregnant, whether by prescription or recreationally, there are different considerations. You may experience withdrawal symptoms if you try to suddenly stop taking Conzip while pregnant. Going through opioid withdrawal while pregnant can cause serious complications that may be more dangerous than the use of the drug itself.

It’s important that you speak openly and honestly with your doctor about your use of Conzip or other opioids. Together, you can create a plan to gradually taper down your dosage of Conzip. Some pregnant women may also opt to go through a medically-assisted detox and addiction treatment program.

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