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I am 10 wks pregnant. I was just wondering if it would be safe to take a half a 5 mg lortab?

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Rajive Goel 30 Oct 2010

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (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 appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies but have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans. Also, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a "default" pregnancy Category C rating.

When given to pregnant hamsters, a single dose of hydrocodone (one of the components of Lortab) increased the risk of birth defects, including cranial defects. Limited human studies also indicate that Lortab 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:

Hyperactive reflexes; Fast breathing; Increased stools; Irritability and excessive crying; Shakiness (tremors); Sneezing; Yawning; Vomiting; Fever.

However, pregnancy Category C medicines, including Lortab, may be given to a pregnant woman if her healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh the possible risks to the unborn child.

Please do take the consent of your doc/pharmacist, please be safe & well, take care.

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