Codeine in pregnancy?

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  1. Angelface

    Angelface Mummy to a princess &Bump

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    Been to the Dr's this morning and hes prescribed me Codine... 4 a day to ease the pain in my hips as i can barely walk, how ever i spoke to my manager at work and she had the same problems, aparently baby can gt addcted to it?!?!

    Anyone know ANYTHING about this? as id rather not take if its putting my LO at risk x
     
  2. claire roach

    claire roach Well-Known Member

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    it can pass through the placenta, my doc prescribed it 4 me but said only 2 use it when i felt i really had 2
    i dont think they would give it to you if it was going to seriously effect LO.
    not sure tho i took 2 and i felt like id had a bottle of wine i couldnt function in work properly so i stuck 2 paracetomol
     
  3. Sovereign

    Sovereign Well-Known Member

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    They don't like to give it to you unless they have to but I've had to take it a couple of times for various reasons and I know what you mean about not wanting to put buba at risk. At the end of the day though the dr wouldn't give you anything that would harm LO.x
     
  4. Angelface

    Angelface Mummy to a princess &Bump

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    he told me i could take WITH paracemol
     
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    Sovereign Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, you can. x
     
  6. Angelface

    Angelface Mummy to a princess &Bump

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    oh good!!! i might just take it in the evening when i am having the bad pains! thanks, was really worried!! x
     
  7. Logiebear

    Logiebear Mum to 4 darlings

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    It's just what's in co-codamol and they give you that for early labour in some hospitals. I have taken it for spd before so it is totally fine.
     
  8. mrs shine

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    They gave it to me when I was admitted really early on. Had all my scans since and all been ok.
     
  9. laimonas123

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    my buddy just asked me what pro-red cough syrup was and it is promethazine and codeine i just found out, but i don't know if there is any reason he shouldn't drink it, anybody have any information?
     
  10. rockabillymom

    rockabillymom Punk Rock Mama of 2

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    I had a cold medicine prescribed to me with Codine in it and it definetly made me nervous so I went with go ol' Tylenol. But if the doctors says its ok then I would just take it when you absolutely need it.
     
  11. Pixxie

    Pixxie Mum to 1 little girl

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    Codeine is safe to take in pregnancy, the doctor wouldn't have prescribed it to you if it was dangerous xxx
     
  12. confused87com

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    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!
     
  13. tainja

    tainja Missing my Angel...

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    I took it during my 1st pg and it didn't effect my baby at all...I found out I was allergic to it and could never take it again.
     
  14. Psalms 139

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    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.
     
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    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!
     
  16. draytond

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    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
     
  17. Tinkerbellxxx

    Tinkerbellxxx Mum of 5 inc CF baby Lily

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    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
     
  18. minicat

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    Be careful as if its co-codamol that already has paracetamol in. If its plain old codeine your fine.

    I work in a NICU and have never seen a baby with codeine withdrawl probs. Heroin and methadone on the other hand. :cry:
     
  19. Tinkerbellxxx

    Tinkerbellxxx Mum of 5 inc CF baby Lily

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    Thats reassuring, thanks for that :thumbup: although I am reassured by my doc, I still remain a little worried about :baby:

    Oh those poor little babies :cry:
     

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