Vicodin While Pregnant: What You Need to Know
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. In some cases, cold turkey withdrawal can even lead to early birth or stillbirth.
Vicodin withdrawal symptoms include:
- Mood swings
- Drug cravings
- Rapid breathing
- Muscle cramps
- Muscle aches
- Nasal congestion
Women who use acetaminophen in both over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications should keep in mind that this medication may be associated with an increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
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