Palladone While Pregnant: What You Need to Know

Is it okay to take Palladone while pregnant?

Because the fetus is so sensitive during pregnancy, it is recommended that pregnant women abstain from using over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, and illegal substances as much as possible. However, this may prove difficult for some women who depend on medications to function in their daily lives.

Palladone is a prescription medication that is used to treat severe, ongoing pain. This medication is classified as an opioid narcotic. Common, less serious side effects associated with using Palladone include low blood pressure, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, excessive sweating, nausea, weakness, headache, loss of appetite, agitation, and vomiting. All of these should go away with time as your body adjusts the Palladone. If they do not go away or get any worse, be sure to notify your doctor right away.

If you are considering becoming pregnant or are pregnant and want to more about the safety of Palladone use during pregnancy, schedule a meeting with your doctor. Generally, this medication is not recommended for use by pregnant women because the risks to the fetus have been widely unstudied. However, your provider may approve you for using Palladone during your pregnancy if the benefits of the medication outweigh the risks.

If you are currently using Palladone and become pregnant, let your doctor know right away. Even if you no longer want to use the medication during pregnancy, do not stop taking Palladone suddenly. Abruptly stopping your Palladone treatment will increase your chances of experiencing severe Palladone withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms may include shaking, cold sweats, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle pain, body cramps, and insomnia. If you no longer want to use Palladone while pregnant, ask your doctor about tapering off the medication. This strategy of gradually lowering the Palladone dose over time will help you avoid Palladone withdrawal symptoms that can negatively affect your health and the fetus’ health.

Palladone While Pregnant: What You Need to Know

Currently, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) classifies Palladone under the pregnancy risk category C. This category indicates some animal studies have shown an adverse effect on Palladone and the fetus, but not enough research has been done in human subjects to confirm these findings. For this reason, it is recommended that women only use Palladone during their pregnancy when necessary.

Some studies have shown if Palladone is used for a prolonged period during pregnancy, the newborn is at risk for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. This condition can be life-threatening if it is not spotted early or treated correctly. Symptoms of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome 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. Schedule a meeting with your doctor right away if you notice these symptoms in your newborn.

If you do decide to use Palladone during pregnancy, only use the exact amount you are prescribed. This is very important because Palladone is addictive due to its classification as an opioid. Using Palladone only as prescribed is especially important for pregnant women because the more Palladone they abuse the more negative effects the fetus may have to endure.

If you have developed a Palladone addiction, seek a treatment program right away. The Recovery Village has both inpatient and outpatient Palladone rehab to support your recovery. Inpatient Palladone rehab requires patients to live on campus while they attend therapy. Outpatient Palladone rehab, usually reserved for less serious cases of Palladone addiction, allows patients to stay at home while they attend their therapy sessions at The Recovery Village. Before entering rehab, it is important to enter a medically assisted detoxification program. This program will allow you to safely detox from Palladone in the presence of medical professionals who can answer any questions you have regarding managing Palladone withdrawal and the recovery process.

Recovering from your Palladone addiction is very important if you want your newborn baby to be healthy. It is also important because you want to be a good role model for your child. You may want to seek ongoing therapy options to continue your sobriety after initial rehab. Ongoing therapy is important because there is always a risk for relapse when it comes to substance use disorders.

If you or someone you know is currently struggling with addiction, seek help today. The Recovery Village can give you general information about the recovery process and connect you with recovery resources in your area. You can even get started today by searching for local treatment options in your area by following this link. To learn more about the life-saving opportunities offered by The Recovery Village, you can visit online at or call our 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825. Although the recovery process isn’t always easy, The Recovery Village promises to be with you each step of the way.

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