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What are the dangers of taking too many vicodin when pregnant?

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Rajive Goel 4 Apr 2012

The FDA uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but that do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Also, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.

When given to pregnant hamsters, a single dose of hydrocodone (one of the components of Vicodin) increased the risk of birth defects, including cranial defects. Limited human studies also indicate that Vicodin may increase the risk of similar birth defects. Hydrocodone is a narcotic, and using this drug during the end of a pregnancy may cause narcotic withdrawal in the infant after delivery. Such withdrawal symptoms may include: Irritability and excessive crying; Shakiness (tremors); Hyperactive reflexes; Fast breathing; Increased stools; Sneezing; Yawning; Vomiting; Fever.

However, pregnancy Category C medicines, including Vicodin, may be given to a pregnant woman if the doc believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child.

However, please do talk to your doc/pharmacist for more details, take care.

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