During pregnancy or breastfeeding, pregnant women or nursing mothers need to be careful before they use any pain medications as they it can directly or indirectly affect their unborn baby or nursing baby. In case of Norco, which is a pain medication, FDA has placed it in C category.
Norco and pregnancy
Norco can be harmful to your unborn baby and can lead to withdrawal symptoms, breathing problems or drug addiction in newborn. Let your doctor know if you are planning to conceive or get pregnant. There are no well-controlled and adequate studies conducted in pregnant women regarding use of Norco. Norco should only be used in pregnancy if the benefits of the medication are higher than the risks.
Narcotic analgesics intersect the placenta. If your delivery date is nearing and you are using large doses of the medication, greater are the chances of respiratory depression in new born baby. Use of narcotic analgesics should be stopped especially during labor if premature deliver is predicted. In case pregnant women have been given narcotic analgesics during labor, the newborn baby should be closely monitored to check for respiratory depression.
If women use opioids on a regular basis before delivery, the babies born tend to become physically dependent on the drug. Withdrawal signs seen are
- increased stools
- increase in respiratory rate
- hyperactive reflexes
- excessive crying
Norco and Breastfeeding
Norco is a combination of hyrdocodone and acetaminophen. Acetaminophen passes in breast milk in very small amounts, but its effects on nursing babies are not known yet. Also it is not known whether hydrocodone secrets in breast milk. As many medications are secreted in breast milk and looking at strong and adverse reactions of acetaminophen and hydrocodone in infants, a wise decision should be taken whether nursing moms should stop using the drug or continue using the drug taking into consideration the importance of the drug to nursing mother.
Hydrocodone and acetaminophen can secret in breast milk and can be harmful for the nursing baby. Avoid taking this medication without consulting your doctor if you are breastfeeding your baby.
Norco is quite strong and mothers tend to use it after c-sections for some time. It might not affect directly but can make your baby drowsy, which results in making baby less active and not wake up quite often as she used to do normally to feed.
Some other symptoms seen in infants are limpness, drowsiness, rash and lethargy, when nursing mothers take Norco while breastfeeding.
In case it becomes necessary to use Norco during pregnancy, speak to your doctor as your doctor can advice you on whether to use Norco or not. You can also try some alternative medicines to fight pain. In case you use Norco post child birth after having c-section, make sure you monitor your baby closely to check for the signs of unwanted withdrawal symptoms and report to your doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms in your baby.