Taking Oxymorphone During Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Is it okay to take Oxymorphone while pregnant?

Oxymorphone is a semi-synthetic opioid pain reliever used to treat moderate to severe pain. It’s known to be highly addictive and the FDA requested that it be taken off the market in the United States in 2017 because of the opioid crisis sweeping the nation. Oxymorphone is still available and prescribed to help manage chronic pain for those individuals already on an opioid regimen.

Oxymorphone works by binding with opioid receptors inside your body to change the way your body perceives pain and is ten times more potent than morphine. For this reason, it should only be used as your doctor prescribes.

As with most prescriptions, oxymorphone carries a risk of side effects. The common side effects reported with the use of this prescription include:

  1. Constipation
  2. Nausea
  3. Vomiting
  4. Dizziness
  5. Dry mouth
  6. Drowsiness

If you experience any side effects while taking oxymorphone, tell your doctor.

Due to the addictive nature of oxymorphone, overdoses can occur, which can lead to severe side effects including death. It’s important to only take oxymorphone as directed by your doctor. If you experience any side effects from oxymorphone, discuss them with your doctor. Together you can decide if this prescription is the right one to manage your chronic pain.

Long-acting opioids, like oxymorphone, should not be used immediately prior to or during labor. If necessary, short-acting pain relievers are to be used instead.

Taking oxymorphone while pregnant has not been specifically studied in humans, so the direct effect on unborn babies is unknown. Animal studies have been performed, and show a decreased birth weight, a higher risk of stillbirths, and an increased risk of post-birth fatalities.

Another possible risk to the baby from taking oxymorphone while pregnant is neonatal withdrawal syndrome because of the high potential of oxymorphone dependence. Neonatal withdrawal syndrome is characterized by the following symptoms: tremors, irritability, sleeping problems, high-pitched crying, tight muscle tone, hyperactive reflexes, seizures, yawning, stuffy nose, sneezing, poor feeding and suck, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, sweating, fever, and unstable temperature. Report these neonatal withdrawal syndrome to your baby’s doctor as soon as they become noticeable, as this syndrome can be lethal in some situations.

If you have concerns about taking oxymorphone while pregnant, talk to your doctor about the possible risks to you and your baby. Oxymorphone may be prescribed if the benefits of taking oxymorphone for the mother outweigh the risks to the baby. Your doctor can help you decide how to best manage your pain while pregnant, and see if oxymorphone is right for you.

Taking Oxymorphone During Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

When evaluating a medication’s safety for pregnant women, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) rates each medicine on a scale of A, B, C, D, or X. Oxymorphone has been listed by the FDA under the C category with regards to the safety scale for pregnant women. This means there are possible risks to the baby because a lack of research on the effects of oxymorphone on human fetuses.

No birth defects have been linked to oxymorphone use while pregnant, but no human studies have been performed in a clinical setting.

As mentioned, the baby may go through neonatal withdrawal symptoms after birth, which can lead to death if not recognized and treated right away. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications you are taking or have taken during your pregnancy. This is important, as many different types of medications can interact with each other. This will ensure your doctor can not only provide the best care for you but for your baby too.

If you are planning on breastfeeding while using oxymorphone, talk to your doctor about the potential risks of the medication being passed into breast milk. Many different substances, along with Oxymorphone, can pass into breast milk and be ingested by a newborn. Your baby may develop opioid dependence if too much of the Oxymorphone is passed into breast milk. Talk to your doctor for more information on Oxymorphone use and breastfeeding.

If you have developed an Oxymorphone addiction and you are pregnant, seek treatment today. Getting sober is not only important for the fetus, but for you as well. The more you abuse Oxymorphone, the greater the risk for the fetus to be negatively affected by the medication. In addition, getting and staying sober is an important part of being a good role model for your child. Get the help you need for your Oxymorphone addiction today.

If you or a loved one is struggling with oxymorphone or a substance use disorder or have questions about taking oxymorphone while pregnant, don’t delay. Go online to www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call 24/7 to our toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825 to learn more about the road to recovery. We can help answer your questions and help you overcome your addiction today.

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