What You Need to Know About Taking Nucynta While Pregnant

Is Nucynta safe to take while pregnant?

It is very important for women to monitor everything they put in their bodies during pregnancy, as some medications may propose risks to the developing fetus. This is because substances have the ability to pass into the placenta after ingested by the mother. The placenta is the fetus’ main food source during pregnancy. Pregnant women should also avoid using drugs such as illegal substances, prescription medications, and over-the-counter drugs as much as possible. In this article, you will learn more about the safety of using Nucynta while pregnant.

Nucynta is a prescription medication used to relieve short-term pain. It belongs to the class of medications known as opioid narcotics. If you are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant and have questions about how safe Nucynta is to use during pregnancy, set up a meeting with your doctor to thoroughly discuss your options. In most situations, Nucynta is not recommended for use by pregnant women. This is because there is a lack of research as to the negative effects Nucynta can have on the fetus. However, your doctor may decide using Nucynta is right for you if the benefits of the medication outweigh the risks to the fetus.

Currently, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has classified Nucynta under the pregnancy risk category C. This category indicates women should only use Nucynta when necessary. This is because there is a lack of well-controlled studies on Nucynta use during pregnancy. Some animal studies have shown negative effects of Nucynta during pregnancy, but they cannot be confirmed. Because of this lack of research, the effects of Nucynta specifically on a fetus is unknown.

Using Nucynta for a prolonged period during pregnancy may result in neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome in newborns. This condition is life threatening and should be reported to your baby’s doctor if you notice symptoms. Symptoms of neonatal opioid withdrawal include tremors, irritability, sleeping problems, high-pitched crying, tight muscle tone, hyperactive reflexes, seizures, yawning, stuffy nose, sneezing, poor feeding, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, sweating, and fever.

If you are currently using Nucynta and become pregnant, do not adjust your Nucynta treatment without consulting your doctor first. If you suddenly stop using Nucynta, you are at greater risk of experiencing Nucynta withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness, anxiety, irritability, teary eyes, yawning, chills, sweating, difficulty falling asleep, shivering, uncontrollable shaking, muscle pain, weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, loss of appetite, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, fast heartbeat, and hallucinations. These withdrawal symptoms can negatively affect yours and the fetus’ health. If you no longer want to use Nucynta during your pregnancy, ask your doctor about tapering off Nucynta. This strategy allows the body ample time to adjust to less of the medication and helps patients avoid severe withdrawal symptoms.

If you are using Nucynta, make sure you are only taking the dose recommended by your doctor. Because Nucynta is an opioid narcotic, it has a high potential for abuse. People can easily become dependent and therefore addicted to opioid medications. If you are struggling with a Nucynta addiction, seek a rehab program as soon as possible. This is extremely important for women who are pregnant, as the prolonged abuse of Nucynta can have dangerous effects on a developing fetus. At The Recovery Village, patients can choose from either inpatient or outpatient Nucynta rehab after they completely detox from the medication. Inpatient Nucynta rehab, which is usually reserved for serious cases of Nucynta addiction, allows patients to live on campus at one of The Recovery Village’s designated inpatient centers while they attend therapy. Outpatient Nucynta rehab lets patients live at home while they come to The Recovery Village for scheduled appointments. Expecting mothers with less serious Nucynta addiction may opt to begin treatment with outpatient rehab and skin inpatient entirely.

Another important aspect of treating your Nucynta addiction is participating in ongoing therapy after the initial treatment. This form of therapy will provide you with support to stay sober longer, as relapse is always possible with substance use disorders. This is very important if you want to be a role model for your child. Being a role model will prove to be very difficult if you are still struggling with untreated Nucynta addiction.

If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder, seek help as soon as possible. The Recovery Village has many resources and treatment programs available to those looking to start their recovery journey. You can even get started today by finding treatment programs in your local area here.

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