During pregnancy or breastfeeding women need to be very careful before they choose to use any medication for health ailments. Consulting your doctor can help you take the right decision. Depending on how severe your medical condition is and how any particular medication is going to work for you, you doctor can advice you on whether to take the mediation or not or what will be the right dose for you.
This article will help you know about use of hydrocodone during pregnancy or breastfeeding and whether it is safe for you.
Hydrocodone and Pregnancy
One of the major concerns of using hydrocodone during pregnancy is its effects on expecting mom. If the expecting mom has been taking hydrocodone for quite some time and developed drug dependency, she may experience certain withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, sweating, pain once she stops taking hydrocodone. If used for a long term it can cause liver failure or liver toxicity, putting the life of mother and unborn baby at risk.
A woman who gets addicted to a painkiller such as hydrocodone might not be focusing on her health as she should during her pregnancy. This can lead to improper prenatal care, poor nutrition which can get ransferred to her baby.
When used under the supervision of a doctor for a short term, there are no evidences available that show that hydrocodone can cause long term effects to unborn babies. Using hydrocodone in excess amounts and getting addictive to the drug can lead to severe complications to the baby, especially after birth.
There are still no evidences that prove whether hydrocodone leads to birth defects or not, still doctors and pregnant women need to outweigh the risks and benefits of the drug before using them.
Hydrocodone and Breastfeeding
During breastfeeding, the medications you use get transmitted to your baby’s body through breast milk. According to research pain relievers or oral narcotics like hydrocodone can lead to depression, problems in central nervous system, drowsiness and death.
While breastfeeding, your baby can be sensitive to low dosages of hydrocodone. As soon as you start breastfeeding, try to use non narcotic medications to treat initial symptoms of pain. Restrict the consumption of hydrocodone for a couple of days. If needed, you can use maximum 30 mg dosage of hydrocodone daily and monitor the health of your baby regularly.
Hydrocodone and breastfeeding – side effects
There are some minor side effects that can arise due to consumption of hydrocodone. If you notice the symptoms as listed below, consult your physician immediately
- Dry throat
- Mood swings
- Dry throat
- Problems related to urination
- Mood swings
- Skin rashes
Before you use hydrocodone during breastfeeding, let your doctor know if you are a heart patient, use sleeping pills, tranquilizers, sedatives etc., your doctor will change hydrocodone dose and keep a track of your health conditions and diagnose for any symptoms of side effects right from beginning.