What You Need to Know About Taking MS Contin While Pregnant

During pregnancy, everything a woman ingests can affect the fetus growing in her womb. This is true for foods and beverages as well as certain medications. Because the fetus is so sensitive during this time, it is recommended that women monitor everything they put into their bodies and stay as drug-free as possible during their pregnancy. This includes avoiding substances such as over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, and illegal drugs. Although, some women may need to use certain medications during their pregnancy because they depend on them to function normally in their daily lives.

MS Contin is a prescription medication used to relieve severe pain. It is classified as an opioid narcotic. If you are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant and have questions regarding the safety of using MS Contin during pregnancy, set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss your options. In most cases, this medication is not recommended for use by pregnant women. However, some pregnant women may be approved to use MS Contin for their pain if the benefits outweigh the risks to the fetus. If you are prescribed MS Contin, be sure to only use the medication as your doctor prescribes. Opioid narcotics such as MS Contin can be very addictive. If misused or abused, the medication can cause severe physical and psychological dependence.

You should also discuss your current medications with your provider, as some substances have been shown to cause an interaction with MS Contin. Using MS Contin with the following medications may increase your risk of slow/shallow breathing and severe drowsiness/dizziness: codeine, hydrocodone, alcohol, cannabis, alprazolam, lorazepam, zolpidem, carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine, cetirizine, and diphenhydramine.

What You Need to Know About Taking MS Contin While Pregnant

Women who have used MS Contin for a long duration during their pregnancy may be putting their newborn at risk for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. This condition can be life-threatening to the newborn if it is not spotted early and treated properly. Symptoms of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome include irritability, hyperactivity, abnormal sleep patterns, high pitched crying, tremors, vomiting, diarrhea, and failure to gain weight. Tell your baby’s doctor as soon as possible if these neonatal opioid withdrawal symptoms become noticeable.

Due to the risk of neonatal withdrawal syndrome and other complications, you should only use MS Contin if your doctor has approved of its use.

If you are currently using MS Contin and become pregnant, let your doctor know as soon as possible. You may want to set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss whether you want to use MS Contin during your pregnancy. Even if you no longer want to use the medication, you should never adjust your MS Contin dosage levels or treatment schedule without your doctor’s permission. If you abruptly stop using MS Contin, you are putting yourself at greater risk of experiencing MS Contin withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms can make you uncomfortable and therefore negatively affect the developing fetus. MS Contin withdrawal symptoms may include tearing up, yawning, sweating, a runny nose, chills, goosebumps, heightened blood pressure, increased heart rate, insomnia, irritability, inability to feel pleasure, restlessness, anxiety, muscle pain, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sneezing, tremors, loss of appetite, depression, and drug cravings. If you no longer want to use this medication, talk to your doctor about tapering off MS Contin. This will help you avoid withdrawal symptoms.

If you are abusing or misusing MS Contin and have developed a dependency or addiction to the medication, you should look for a rehabilitation program to help you get clean. Removing the MS Contin from your body and seeking treatment for your continued sobriety is important, as the more you abuse MS Contin the more likely it is the fetus will suffer negative effects from MS Contin exposure. Luckily, The Recovery Village can help you find treatment programs for MS Contin addiction. You can seek either inpatient or outpatient treatment. Inpatient MS Contin rehab allows you to live on campus at one of The Recovery Village’s designated locations, while outpatient MS Contin rehab allows you to live at home and attend scheduled treatment appointments at The Recovery Village.

If you are planning to breastfeed your newborn, you should avoid using MS Contin during this time. The FDA has reported that MS Contin can pass into breast milk and harm your newborn baby.

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