Taking Onsolis During Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Is it safe to take Onsolis while pregnant?

Onsolis is a prescription medication used to treat pain. It is classified as an opioid narcotic. Onsolis is a successful medication for pain reduction because it can affect certain areas of the brain responsible for feeling pain. Some common, less serious side effects of using Onsolis include nausea, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, feeling weak or tired, swelling of the hands or feet, and pain where the medicine was placed. Be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you notice the following serious side effects after using Onsolis: shallow breathing, feeling light-headed, rapid heart rate, poor concentration, feeling overheated, extreme thirst, trouble urinating, and heavy sweating. This is not a complete list of Onsolis side effects. Contact your doctor for more information if you experience a side effect not mentioned on this list.

If you are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant and have questions about whether Onsolis is safe to use or not during pregnancy, schedule a meeting with your doctor to discuss this topic more in-depth. Generally, this medication is not recommended for pregnant women because the risks to the fetus are unknown. However, some doctors may find it necessary to prescribe pregnant women Onsolis because the benefits of the medication outweigh the risks to the fetus. Your provider will be able to determine whether using Onsolis in your situation is right for you.

If you are currently using Onsolis and become pregnant, contact your doctor as soon as possible. In general, using Onsolis during pregnancy is not medical grounds to terminate the pregnancy. You will need to discuss with your provider whether you should keep using Onsolis during your pregnancy. Even if you no longer want to use Onsolis, you should never adjust your Onsolis dosage levels or treatment frequency without speaking to your provider first. If you suddenly stop using Onsolis, you could experience Onsolis withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, yawning, runny nose, watery eyes, chills, fever, goosebumps, coughing, exhaustion, cognitive problems, memory issues, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, weakness, aches, pain, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, irritation, and cravings. These withdrawal symptoms can negatively affect yours and the fetus’ health. If you no longer want to use Onsolis during pregnancy, ask your doctor about tapering off the medication so you can avoid severe withdrawal symptoms.

Taking Onsolis During Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Currently, the Federal Drug Administration classifies Onsolis as a pregnancy risk category C medication. This category indicates the FDA cannot deem Onsolis completely safe because its effects on the fetus are widely unknown. Some animal studies have shown negative effects on the fetus if Onsolis is used, but they cannot be confirmed due to a lack of well-controlled studies on human subjects. For this reason, you should only use Onsolis during pregnancy when your doctor finds it necessary.

Some research has indicated using opioid narcotics during pregnancy could put a newborn at greater risk for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. This is because when a pregnant woman uses the opioid narcotics for a prolonged period, the fetus becomes dependent on the medication. Symptoms of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome may 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. Be sure to call your doctor right away if you notice these symptoms in your newborn, as neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome can be life-threatening.

If you do choose to use Onsolis while pregnant, only use the medication as your doctor prescribes. Because Onsolis is an opioid narcotic, it has a high potential for abuse. Overusing or misusing Onsolis can easily lead to dependence and addiction. Signs of Onsolis addiction include becoming obsessed with finding and using Onsolis, losing interest in the hobbies and activities you once enjoyed, and performing abnormally at school or work.

It is important for you to seek treatment if you are suffering from Onsolis addiction while pregnant, as the more Onsolis you abuse the more risk there is for negative effects on the fetus. Other than risks to the fetus, you will want to be a role model for your child as they grow up. This will prove to be very difficult if you are still suffering from untreated Onsolis addiction. You may want to consider ongoing therapy after your initial rehab treatment to support your continued sobriety.

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