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Old Oct 19th, 2009, 05:16 AM   1
mummy2be77
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Paracetamol - how many can I take in 24hrs during pregnancy?


Hi,
I have a chronic illness called Ulcerative Colitis which has started flaring up again for the last 7 weeks.

Usually, when I get a flare up I pretty much constantly take painkillers such as Nurofen or Co-cocodamol to control the pain, and take corticosteroids to get it under control.

My GP won't prescribe my usual treatments as he's worried about the effect on the baby, and he referred me to my GI specialist, but the appointment isn't for 5 weeks yet, and I am wondering how I am going to get through the wait, and the effect on my baby of not absorbing much of the food or water I consume, plus the anaemia caused by blood loss.

But the main thing is the pain - how many painkillers can I take? I have heard paracetamol is safe - but how many? I don't think I'll be able to take as many as I normally do.

How many do you take if you need them?



 
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Old Oct 19th, 2009, 05:20 AM   2
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i know that codine is safe for pregnancy !! and that what mum takes for the colitis - i woudl say to ask doc about that and also i woudl call the secretary of the cunsultant to see iof they can do anything sooner even if its just some advice !!



 
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Old Oct 19th, 2009, 05:20 AM   3
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I was told by my doctor that codeine wasn't safe. I asked because I've had awful migraines for the past 14 years, and I've been on various strong meds for it. WHen I got pg they only got worse. I have been told I can only take paracetamol.

My doctors have said you can still take the full dose - 8 tablets in 24 hours. I called them, worried that I was taking too many (I'd been taking the full dose for 5 days straight), and they said that even that was safe!



 
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Old Oct 19th, 2009, 05:31 AM   4
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I was also told codeine isnt safe, paracetamol is 6 - 8 tablets in 24 hours. xx



 
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Old Oct 19th, 2009, 05:35 AM   5
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oh thats very odd perhaps the guildlines have changed but i was on 30/500 codine ad i have a spinal problem for the full pregnancy !!

As i said best to ask !!



 
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Old Oct 19th, 2009, 05:42 AM   6
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oh thats very odd perhaps the guildlines have changed but i was on 30/500 codine ad i have a spinal problem for the full pregnancy !!

As i said best to ask !!
I think it's probably down to the problem, and how happy your doctor is to prescribe something more contraversial. If your spinal problem was serious, opposed to migraines (which though very painful, aren't a danger to your health), then they may overlook the low risk in favour of helping you. Doctors argue about everything anyway. Many doctors say you shouldn't drink at all; my doctor says it's fine in moderation. They will never agree



 
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