Vicodin While Pregnant: What You Need to Know
During pregnancy, the fetus is very sensitive to everything the mother puts into their body. For this reason, it is recommended pregnant women refrain from using substances such as over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications and illegal drugs as much as possible. Though, this may prove difficult for some women who need prescription medications to function in their daily lives.
Vicodin is a prescription medication used to relieve pain. It is classified as a combination medication because it contains both the opioid narcotic hydrocodone and acetaminophen.
If you are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant and wonder if you can take Vicodin while pregnant, schedule a meeting with your doctor to discuss this issue. In general, Vicodin is not recommended for use by pregnant women unless the benefits of the medication outweigh the potential risks to the fetus. Your provider will be able to determine whether you should use Vicodin while pregnant or not. At times, doctors may advise that pregnant Vicodin patients slowly wean off the medication as their due date approaches to avoid withdrawal symptoms in the newborn baby.
If you are currently using Vicodin and become pregnant, do not adjust your treatment schedule before meeting with your doctor. If you no longer wish to use Vicodin while pregnant, your doctor will likely suggest you taper off the medication. This strategy of gradually lowering the Vicodin dose over time is the safest for the mother and the fetus, as Vicodin withdrawal symptoms may negatively impact both their health. Vicodin withdrawal symptoms include irritability, mood swings, anxiety, confusion, drug cravings, tremors, nausea, vomiting, sweating, diarrhea, shivering, rapid breathing, muscle cramps, muscle aches, restlessness, insomnia, exhausting, fever, sweating, chills and nasal congestion.
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) classifies Vicodin under the pregnancy risk category C. This category means that there is not enough human research available to deem Vicodin as completely safe for use during pregnancy. The FDA has outlined several risk factors for women who use opioids such as hydrocodone and acetaminophen during pregnancy.
Using opioids during the first trimester of pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects of the brain, spine or spinal cord. Women who use opioids throughout or in the later stages of their pregnancy may need to monitor their babies for withdrawal symptoms. These may include tremors, excessive crying, sleeping problems, high-pitched crying, tight muscle tone, hyperactive reflexes, seizures, yawning, sneezing, poor feeding, tremors, diarrhea, dehydration, sweating and fever.
Women who use acetaminophen in both over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications may put their babies at risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
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