I have 2 herniated discs from a car accident over 2 years ago. I am 16 weeks pregnant and have been taking percocet 512, 2 times a day because I literally can not move due to the pain when I do not take the medicine. What are the risk factors of taking this medicine during pregnancy? Have there been any legitimate studies done on this subject, if so, what are the results? Also is there any medicine that has been proven to work for such chronic pain in women who are pregnant? Thank you.
yes you can take percocet while pregnant. That is a very low dose so I wouldn't worry. Does your doctor know about the meds? I know that when I was pregnant with my third child my pubic bone/ligament had seperated so much that I had to take tylenol 3 with codeine. If that didn't work they were going to give me percocet. Luckily the codeine worked well for me and I made it to 37 weeks. You really need to talk with your doctor because what people say isn't going to matter when it comes down to your doctor being the one with the pen and prescription pad. I wish you the best.
I posted the results of these studies below. Congratulations on the new baby! As with most medications, it's always best to discuss the benefits vs. risks with the doctor. Good luck to you and have a great new year.
"Acetaminophen/oxycodone Pregnancy Warnings
Two cases of acetaminophen overdose in late pregnancy have been reported. In both cases neither the neonate nor the mother suffered hepatic toxicity. Investigations have revealed conflicting results with regards to the pharmacokinetic disposition of acetaminophen in pregnancy women. One study has suggested that the oral clearance of acetaminophen is 58% higher and the elimination half-life is 28% longer in pregnant women. Another study has suggested that the elimination half-life is not different in patients who are pregnant. That study also suggested that the volume of distribution of acetaminophen may be higher in pregnant women. One study has suggested that acetaminophen in typical oral doses may result in a reduced production of prostacyclin in pregnant women. That study also suggested that acetaminophen does not affect thromboxane production.
Acetaminophen-oxycodone has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA. Acetaminophen is routinely used for short-term pain relief and fever in all stages of pregnancy. Acetaminophen is believed to be safe in pregnancy when used intermittently for short durations. Use of narcotic analgesics in late pregnancy is associated with the risk of neonatal withdrawal. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Acetaminophen-oxycodone containing products should only be given during pregnancy when there are no alternatives and benefit outweighs risk"
- Percocet Information for Consumers
- Percocet Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Percocet (detailed)
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