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Can Oxycodone be taken during pregnancy?

Hi. I was recently prescribed oxycodone for a severe back injury and I also just found out I am pregnant. I am 11 weeks along. Is Oxycodone one of the "safe" medications to take during pregnancy? I looked it up on the internet and saw that it is one of the Category B drugs to take during pregnancy, but I wanted to get your opinion on it also. I don't take them everyday. I usually am taking them between 1-3 a week at the most. I just don't want to take anything that would be bad. Please let me know.

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If you need them and take them that few and far in between as well as the consult with your OB or your family doctor...I dont think they do any harm...I cant be totally sure though, but I also know we have had a few girls on here pregant and tapering off Oxys...

Hope this helps...
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Yeah, I don't take them everyday I only take them when absolutely necessary. I just wanted to be sure that they were OK to take once in awhile. You guys are always great about answering my questions so I thought I would start here first. Thanks for replying. :-)
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Talk to your doctor. You don't want your baby to be born addicted. If you are only taking 1-3 a week I feel you should be OK.
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Actually, it's a category C, not B.  It is unknown if it is safe or not.

I copied this from wikipedia:

Pregnancy Category B : Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies which have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.

Pregnancy Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Because you cannot test a controlled substance on a pregnant women, pain medications fall into the C category.

From personal experience, I can tell you to be VERY CAREFUL.  First off, you shouldn't take it in your first trimestor at all.  This is where are the vital organs are developing, so you really don't want to be messing around with that stuff at this time.  Second, my best friend was prescribed Tylenol 3  while she was pregnant, for migrains.  Her son was born addicted, and spent 2 weeks in the NICU.  She was taking 1 or 2 three times a day.
You should really talk to your doctor about this.  There are very few medicaions a pregnant woman can safely take.  If your taking something your not sure about, you could be jeperdizing the pregnancy.  I really think they will advice you not to, though.
Oxycodone is some really powerful stuff.  It crosses the placenta, so your baby will feel the effects, and can possible become addicted.  When it comes to pain medication, it's a risk/benefit factor.  I'm not sure why you are on oxycodone, but you may want to try something different, and less dangerous to your baby.   Again, talk to your doctor about this.  He/She can give you safer options for the baby, while keeping you comfertable as well.  
When I was pregnant with my son, I was gven 5mg lortabs in my 2nd trimestor only, and was instructed to take them only when the pain was to the point that I couldn't handle it anymore, and to not take them consistantly (to avoid addiction)  She was even sketchy about giving me those.  Oxycodone is a lot stronger than a lortab.
You can also google oxycodone and pregnancy to find more information.  Please do not take any of those untill you speak with your doctor.
Congratulations on becoming a mommy!!!  Good luck : )  I hope this helps you.
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First of all, congratulations to you!  What an exciting time....

I've had personal experience with taking hydrocodone (lortabs) during my second pregnancy.  I know that's a slightly different medication than oxy, but still wanted to share my experience.  

Anyway, I took one pill a day during pretty much my whole pregnancy with my daughter (although I may have started a couple of months in to the pregnancy, I think).  I had terrible migraines and could not take actual migraine medication, but my doctor (neurologist, not ob/gyn) told me I could safely take lortab.  I didn't abuse the medication at the time, but I did take 1 just about every single day to control the headaches and migraines.  My daughter was born perfectly fine (in fact, she got a 10/10 on her APGARS! :-))  I listened to my doctor, and he said it was fine to take, so I did my research and then trusted my doctor.

I hope this helps with your choice.  Unfortunately, you will always find doctors with differing opinions on the matter.  Some are ultra conservative, some are much more liberal.  However, I don't think you'd ever find ANY respectable doctor who would tell you it's ok to take hydro or oxy if it really was NOT ok.

Good luck with your pregnancy and enjoy this time!!!

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waht are the effects of oxycodiene on a fetus?
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