I have been taking 5 mg of oxycodone for my back.
3 Jan 2013
Continued use of this medication will result in your baby being born dependant and requiring special care and detoxification prior to release from the hospital. You need to have an open, honest discussion with your ob dr to decide the best course of action for you and your baby.
Congratulations and best wishes to you and your baby! :)
3 Jan 2013
Hi sarahjan, As others have indicated, your baby may be born addicted to this medication, it's horrible for an adult to go thru withdrawal, but a baby is especially sensitive to the symptoms of w/d.
YET, you are taking a small amount, 5mgs is quite small.
Just remember this, everything you take into your body, your baby also takes in. That may help you to stop taking oxy for your back pain. But please, do this with your doctor's help! Don't do this on your own, going off of any opiate is unpleasant, so get your doc involved!
Best wishes to you and your baby,
4 Jan 2013
Hi Sarahjan, and welcome. I can see where some people get a bit "heated", esp. when you work with children who are born addicted, or as me, a special education teacher who sees the result of a mother taking drugs while pregnant. Regardless, we do want to help. Are you getting these meds by a doctor because of chronic pain? Don't worry, no judgement, and we will help you get off of the drugs if you aren't. MacIntosh was correct when she says that everything that the mother takes, the baby gets, and five mg may be a small amount, but think how much the fetus weighs. A doctor is the best answer to your question, and they will not judge either, as they want to help you and your baby as much as possible. I have seen people in chronic pain go through with pregnancy, while taking narcotics, but the baby does go through w/d and it is not pleasant to watch. I think that is where the emotion comes into play.
They can give the baby meds to help with the w/d, but the best thing is to not take anything during pregnancy. Please let us know what we can do to help you, and congratulations to you about your pregnancy. I truly believe that babies are G-d's way of saying that the world must go on :-)
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