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Old 02-17-2006, 07:36 AM   #1
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oxycontin while pregnant safe or not??

..Okay well I have posted before about this topic...I am 9 weeks pregnant on oxycontin for neck pain...The pain specialist is telling me it is a class B drug for pregnancy..Then I go to my obgyn...And she tells me..If you take oxycontin for two weeks or less it is a class B..But if you take it on a every day basis it can be classed as a C or D drug for pregnancy...I am soo frustrated because I just want the facts...I sure would not be taking a drug if I knew it was going to cause my baby harm, no matter how much in pain I am dealing with...So now I am trying to cut down on them..I have been taking 3 20mg oxy's a day usually..I am going to try and take my roxicodone 15mg by breaking them in half..So then I am only getting a 7 1/2 dose...And try my best to only take two oxy's or just the roxy's instead in half... and then slowly not take any pills...As hard as it sounds now...I am going to try and put faith in the lord to help me through this while pregnant..I am sooo upset that this clinic tells me something different along with my ob gyn...For reasons me asking them when I found out I was pregnant if it was safe to take oxy's while pregnant....Then weeks later I found out different facts...Any help from women who have been in my shoes..Would be soo helpful along with making me feel not sooo worried...gretchen

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Old 02-17-2006, 09:23 AM   #2
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Re: oxycontin while pregnant safe or not??

If you are unsure of what your doctor is telling you, ask if they will send you to a specialist. I think they are called periologist. They would have the most accurate information. I think the biggest concern is when you deliver, the baby may go through withdrawal from the meds. That is why you need to see a specialist and at the very least have a neo-natologist available at the birth. I wish for you a happy and healthy pregnancy. Congrats!!!

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Re: oxycontin while pregnant safe or not??

When I was pregnant some 29 years ago the doc put me on Percocet (which I think had just been put on the market). I was having severe back pain and the OB Clinic I was going through thought it would be appropriate. I took it throughout my pregnancy and it didn't seem to affect my daughter when she was born, but how can anyone really tell unless the mother is on something like cocaine or heroin or other substance that would make the baby obviously go into withdrawal. I'm assuming that oxycontin would be in the same class as far as safety during pregnancy as the Percocet was. But, like others have already mentioned, you deserve to have answers to your questions. Ask for an appointment with your doc and have a talk with him/her about your concerns. All the best - KathyMac

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Gretchie: FYI...My ex took Seconal for sleep almost the whole time (not every night) when she was pregnant with our son in 1967. You do need accurate info from a health professional on this, for sure. Good luck.

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I would definitely talk to your doctors more and call the drug manufacturer as well. I am not a doctor and do not know but I do know I was on oxicodone(similar to oxicotin) for 3 weeks after a major surgery and the stuff really messed with my head. You may not have the same effects because your body is used to it but remember what it was like in the beginning. I can't imagine your baby feeling these effects would be a good thing. I know what it is like to be in constant pain so i do sympatize. I have fibromyalgia and often wonder what i will do when I become pregnant with the medications I can take etc. I'm sure it's not an easy discision. Good luck & congratulations!


Old 02-20-2006, 03:13 AM   #6
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Re: oxycontin while pregnant safe or not??

Your Dr is right, Oxycontin is considered class B unless it is used for prolonged time periods, or in high doses at the end of pregnancy.... then it is considered a Class D.

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