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Old Aug 5th, 2009, 06:08 AM   1
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warning about medications!


last week i made a thread about my GP telling me i was ok to take my pain killers as over 30weeks.

well it turns out i may not be! i saw MW yesterday who sent me to the hospital as baby heart rate was sky high. they are NOT sure if it is the pain killers or IF baby is jsut distressed.


PLEASE go careful and DONT just take pain killers without medical advice. i am waiting for my GP to get back to me about what i do.



 
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Old Aug 5th, 2009, 06:27 AM   2
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What pain killers were they? My mw said its fine to take paracetemol and I have been?



 
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Old Aug 5th, 2009, 06:39 AM   3
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It obviously is fine to take paracetamol during pregnancy since thats what they give you when you first go into labour. I'm extremely doubtful they will say it was that if you only took paracetamol.



 
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Old Aug 5th, 2009, 06:41 AM   4
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blimey!
I havent taken anything as yet- Cant take tablets with G band.. but will ask midwife at my app today.



 
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Old Aug 5th, 2009, 06:45 AM   5
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the tablets are dihydrocodine, very strong pain killers (i was on them prior to pregnancy as suffer with major back problems). i have had pain in back and abdo since 24weeks, this was the only thing they could think of as paracetmol were as much use as smarties!


***paracetamol are fine to take (IF they help the pain!)***



 
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Old Aug 5th, 2009, 06:50 AM   6
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Never heard of those ones so haven't a clue, gotta admit paracetamol is useless for even minor pains.


Just googled to find this ...

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http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/health_ad...npregnancy.htm

"Codeine and dihydrocodeine can affect the baby's breathing if taken in the last trimester, or during labour in large amounts. Heavy use may also cause a withdrawal syndrome in the newborn infant. However, small doses for a short period of time to treat specific pain can be taken in the first and second trimesters, but only on the advice of a doctor. Be aware that some over-the-counter painkillers contain codeine or dihydrocodeine. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicines during pregnancy."


Certainly says its ok between tri 1 & 2, but doesn't exactly say do not take during 3rd or that it's ok. When did you contact doc about them? surely they should be getting back to you same day hun x



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Old Aug 5th, 2009, 07:06 AM   7
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i rang my GP this morning and the receptionist said she will get her to ring as soon as she is finished with patients so should be by 2pm.

as i put they are very strong pain killers and you cant buy them over the counter. when i spoke to GP friday and she said they should be ok, she said they can "lower babys heart rate" slightly and at worst bring on early labour (wouldnt be an issue as such because pain would go!)

i've not taken any since yesterday lunchtime and i am in total agony again BUT i cant do anything until i speak to GP. it doesnt help that the hospital are not sure IF its the medication causing it or not.


google can be a great help BUT also more of a worry. i have sat and read through about 5 pages of info on the tablets - some say ok to take, tohers say dont, some say raise heartbeat, osme say lower it etc.



i just thought i would let ppl know that although GP says it be ok to take something it may not be!



 
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Old Aug 5th, 2009, 07:18 AM   8
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Crikey i ended up taking a Co codemol in the middle of the night (only 1 tab) as i was in so much pain with the ruddy carpal tunnel thing. I was told it was ok to take but had been avoiding taking anything up to now, even paracetamol. Thanks hun. x



 
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Old Aug 5th, 2009, 07:26 AM   9
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*****UPDATE*****

the GP has rung me back and said that "i should be ok with them as they will reduce his heart rate NOT increase it. BUT if hospital thinkit may be due to meds then she would say stop taking them and see what happens, but its my choice".

so i am now back at square 1 - major pain and cant do anything, even getting up to the loo is agony and hope LO settles down again OR take the meds to ease my pain and possibly have LO heart rate going high again! its a horrid choice as i know how much i have been in BUT on the same note i have LO to think about.



 
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Old Aug 5th, 2009, 07:34 AM   10
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i dunno really hun, i was given codine in 3rd tri with charlie because i have a really reaally bad back, they failed to work so i was then given tramadol apartnly taking 2 of them is like having 10ml of morphine, i was only alowed to take one and wasnt aloud to take them too often i ended up having about 2 or 3 a week when it got really really bad and just tryed to plod along with paracetamol the rest of the time it done charlie no harm at all but i did have to stop taking them when i got too 37 weeks because the baby can become addicted to them, but i think thats only if the mother takes loads, but as i say i didnt take too many, is it ur back thats hurting? sorry if youve already writen that and i havnt noticed, but i was told once i got too 37 weeks i could be induced if it got too bad, i chose not too but maybe if its that bad have a word with the MW about it?



 
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