i spoke to my doc about pain relief. I have a slipped disc and already having sciatica worse than before. Apparently codeine and paracetamol are fine to use. I got told its far better to use them then be in pain!
Acetaminophen is generally accepted as the pain killer of choice when pregnant, from what I understand (pregnancy class B meaning that animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester). I looked in my drug guide and Codeine is a class C (in the US) for pregnancy meaning: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. Your dr. must feel that the risks outweigh the benefits, but I would use this drug sparingly.
BTW, I didn't mean to add to your stress w/my post. I looked up the meds in my nursing guide and wanted to share w/you what it said. Your dr. has experience in these things. I really trust my OB. But if you are nervous, you may ask another dr. for a second opinion about taking it or taking repeated doses, just for your sanity's sake!
If you are worried about using pain relief in pregnancy why not search out some drug free alternatives - it really can work and the best thing is you can do it as often as you like. I used the 3M gel packs for my sciatica and it was great and didn't have to worry about any effects on the baby. Give it a go. Dx
i take codine on a regular basis at a high dose. My G.P is happy for me to continue. My specialist has advised that although its fine, its not ideal unless I actually need it. I have weaned my doses down but will need to continue taking it. Taking regular high doses just before birth or whilst breastfeeding can cause your baby to be drowsy and my alter its breathing pattern. So try and use sparingly, especially in the last few weeks but don't panic! x
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