So 2 years ago i was almost wiped out in a car accident and it hurt my spine.
Ive been on morphine for the last 2 years while surgery is questioned.
Anyway when i discovered baby i stopped and the pain is so severe when i lay down so OBGYN today prescribed codeine. She says its safe if i only take it when desperate but im scared as the net says it can cause cleft palate.
Im so much in pain and dont know what to do anyone else take it or taking it?
I was given codiene pills for my OHSS when I was getting severe cramps, I still take them when I get awful pains that I can't cope with. Hun you're not helping bub if you're in a whole lot of agony as your body is tense and stressed anyway...so the codiene will help that.
It's the ibprofen and anti inflammatories that are the danger in pregnancy.
Wikipedia gives you a pregnancy category for most antibiotics and drugs. "Codeine" just gets a ?, but
I checked out morphine and Tylenol 3 (it's under co-codamol on Wikipedia), it lists both as
"Pregnancy Category C" for the US, which it gives this explanation for:
"Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks."
Cleft Palate isn't caused by opiates, there have been studies that show a very small percentage of laboratory rats had offspring with cleft palate while on very high doses of benzodiazepines such as valium, klonopin, and xanax throughout their entire gestation, but opiates don't cause congenital malformations in the fetus, if taken throughout the pregnancy it causes physical addiction and withdrawal when baby is born, but in small amounts approved by your doctor, I would imagine baby would be just fine.
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