... doesn't know about. I'm really having a hard time stopping. I feel very ashamed about this and need help, which brings me here. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. As well, I'm wondering what kind of issues I may be looking at for my baby if I continue. How much damage have I already done? I've managed to cut down the cigarettes from 1 1/2 packs down to 1. Please help! The Norco is prescribed for back pain, but I'm on my last refill and don't really want to go to a pain management clinic for more.
You REALLY need to come clean to your OB and tell him. You are certainly not the first woman to find herself in this situation. It happens. But you are right to be concerned for your unborn baby. Cigarettes can cause low birth weight and other issue and if you keep taking Norco, your baby will become dependent and have withdrawals when he/she is born and you dont want to put your little one through that! You have plenty of time to taper down on the Norco. If you can wean down/taper off, you can get off them much easier than stopping cold turkey. As for the smoking, their are many smoking cessation programs and your Dr can put you in contact with these. First, though, you need to tell him/her.
You have nothing to be ashamed of!! You have legit reasons (back pain) to be on the medications and in telling your doctor, he/she can decide if the best course of action is to stay on the medications or for you to wean off them. They have to look at the risk vs. benefits ratio to decide what is the best thing to do. Sometimes it is better to keep a mom on a drug if going off would put her or the baby in more danger than staying on would. Only your Dr can help you with this. It is much better to tell him now, early in your pregnancy then to hide it and have them find out later. Good Luck and congratulations on your upcoming baby!
Your ob needs to know this, and he will help you. Smoking will get you a low birth weight baby. I had how bad it is to smoke when pregnant drilled home to me when I saw a placenta that was from a non smoker and one that was from a smoker. The one from the smoker was smaller and black. It should look like liver. He needs to know about the norco too, and he can decide what he wants you to do about it. If you are on it when you deliver, the baby will be dependent on it and suffer withdrawal, but sometimes this is preferable to the hell you can put it thru if you suffer withdrawal, so he may tell you to get off it slowly or to stay on it.
I'm not sure what issues your baby could face. I really hope you quit tho. You are strong and you already made a first step by coming in here. It's going to make you feel so much better if you stop. I'm on day 2 of quitting and trying to stay positive. My brain is going a little crazy but it will be ok. I want this so bad and every ounce of pain is worth it. Day 5 and I'll be on top of the world. I have 3 girls. 3, 2, & 1. They need me to be a good example. Anyways you have helped me so much already. I hope I can give you support too.
- Norco Information for Consumers
- Norco Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Norco (detailed)
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