i've been on percocet for almost 3 years for back pain from a car accident.
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.
Although Percocet has not been studied in pregnant humans or animals, the individual components of the drug (oxycodone and acetaminophen) have been studied. Usually, acetaminophen is considered fairly safe for use during pregnancy.
When given to pregnant animals, oxycodone did not seem to increase the risk of birth defects or other problems. Limited human research also suggests that oxycodone does not seem to cause birth defects in humans. However, oxycodone is a narcotic, and using this drug during the end of a pregnancy may cause narcotic withdrawal symptoms in the infant after delivery. Such 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 Percocet, 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.
Please take care, be safe & well, best wishes to you & your baby to come.
From a womans point of view, I would not want to be on anything while pregnant. I understand your concerns. You need to tell your codtor if he/she doesn't know. You could do a tapering plan with the percocet by going down a 1/2 a pill aweek. I don't know your dosage, but this usualy works. Drop a 1/2 a pill for 5 to 7 days, then drop another 1/2 for same period until you are down to 1/22 a pill & take it for a week. This should work, but if you are in too much back pain, that could put your baby in distress too by you being in anxiety, so please discuss this with your doctor. Congratulations, & welcome to the site...
Congratulations. I hope that all goes well for you. It's best to use as little of any type of medicine as possible during pregnancy. During the 1960s some ingredient in cough syrup was connected to birth defects. You need to talk to your doctor and get help. Mary, as usual, is correct in gradually tapering off of percocet. You don't want your baby to go into withdrawal after it's born. This is another reason to make sure that your OB knows about your problems. As sad as it is, they've shown newborns in withdrawal from opiates on TV news shows during the 1980s, so your health problems that affect your child can carry over to after birth in many ways. You can talk to any of us as any time. Mary, LaurieShay and Von-1, are exceptionally knowledgeble and kind. There are many others, but in the sites that I visit, I've mostly found these 3 to be always there for the rest of us. I wish that we all lived near each other
- Percocet Information for Consumers
- Percocet Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Percocet (detailed)
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