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Although the increased risk of birth defects was very small for the woman taking opioid pain medicines in the study, this research supports the importance of talking to your doctor if you are a women taking opioid pain medicines and are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. Together with your doctor, you should weigh the benefits of opioid pain medications along with their potential risks for birth defects and discuss your treatment options.

New Study: Mothers Taking Opioid Pain Medicines May Place Infants At Increased Risk for Birth Defects

In a recently published study, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that women who use opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone, codeine, morphine, or hydrocodone, early in pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects in their infants. In the study, women who used these prescription pain medications just before they got pregnant, or in the first trimester of pregnancy, were more likely to have a baby born with spina bfida (a type of neural tube defect), hydrocephaly (build up of fluid in the brain), glaucoma (an eye defect), gastroschsis (a defect of the abdominal wall), or a heart defect.

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Publication Date: 2011-03-10
Last Updated: 2011-03-10
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