My dr. gave me medicine that could harm my baby. Should I keep freaking out?

Amanda - posted on 10/09/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Im 2 months pregnant and I know I should trust my doctor. However, reading the warning's of the medicine makes me freak out. Its more than half gone! Im not going to take anymore but should I trust that she wouldnt have prescribed it if it was harmful? Even though it said it was?

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i had to take codine when i was pregnant with my last daughter and i was fine. It was the only thing to take away my cough so i could sleep. this was after i couldnt sleep for a week which was more stressful on the baby. more then likely they put a low dosage of codine since ur pregnant but if u feel that worried u can always get another medical opinion or have a talk with ur doctor bout ur worries.

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Sindus - posted on 10/09/2009

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I had major Urinal Tract Infections when I was in my 8th month of pregancy and my gyneocologist gave me a vaginal suppository. I did what you did and read the warnings and it said it shouldn't be taken during pregnancy. I got a second opinion and the doctor said that the infections in my body will hurt the baby more than any medicament. Your situation might not be quite similar to mine according to the fact that you're needing medicine during the 2nd month of pregnancy. Of my knowledge, the first 3 months are very sensitive to the baby so you have to be careful of what you're taking. Without doctors consent, don't take anything. I agree with the other moms. Get a second opinion. Take care and good luck!

Bethany - posted on 10/09/2009

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Quoting Amanda:






It's called Promethazine w/Codeine Syrup. She gave it to me at my first visit for the pregnancy so she knew I was expecting. I got the cough after morning sickness and it started keeping me up at night. I waited until the dr appointment b/c i didnt want to take anything i wasnt supposed too.. My mom started the worrying by saying codeine in pregnancy is scary.






 






 






Quoting Bethany:

What's the medicine for and why are you taking it?

Don't necessarily trust what medications doctors try to give you. For example, there is a little pill called Cytotec (also called misoprostol) that is frequently given by obgyns to pregnant women to induce labor. They say it's totally harmless and is more mild than pitocin. However, this "harmless" little pill has caused the death of both mothers and babies because it's FDA approved for stomach ulcers; not pregnant women. In fact, the manufacturer sent out a warning to every practitioner about the dangers of the drug in pregnant and laboring women. But they still use it. Why? It's cheaper than a pitocin drip. And it does help start contractions. It also just has that unfortunate little side effect of causing deformity or death. Cytotec is used on the black market as a cheap alternative to an abortion. There's actually a group here on the Circle of Moms for mothers who have experienced the devastating results of this drug. It's anything but safe, yet doctors and nurses keep on giving it to their clients.

So, no, I wouldn't always trust what a doctor prescribes. If you don't feel comfortable taking it, don't. Research it, find a safe alternative to whatever it is you're given. Any medication taken while pregnant does have risks, large and small, even if it's needed. So ask if it is actually necessary. Don't just take her word for it.









 





This is from medicinenet.com:



DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Codeine is a weak narcotic pain-reliever and cough suppressant similar to morphine and hydrocodone. In fact, a small amount of codeine is converted to morphine in the body. The precise mechanism of action of codeine is not known; however, like morphine, codeine binds to receptors in the brain (opioid receptors) that are important for transmitting the sensation of pain throughout the body and brain. Codeine increases tolerance to pain, decreasing discomfort, but the pain still is apparent to the patient. In addition to reducing pain, codeine also causes sedation drowsiness and depresses breathing. Codeine frequently is combined with aspirin for more effective pain relief.



PREGNANCY: Safety during pregnancy has not been established. Codeine is generally avoided in pregnancy because it may cause fetal physical dependence, withdrawal and growth retardation.



 



According to drugsafetysite, codeine does slightly increase the occurence of birth defects in children, like down syndrome, cleft lip/palate, and several others.  They concluded that the risk is very small, but that codeine should only be used if the benefits to the mother and child outweigh potential defects.



 



So, you have to decide if it's worth the risk.  Ask your doctor why she prescribed it.  If it's just so you can sleep a little better or if there's actually a bigger reason.  You could even say that you prefer to not take medications, and ask her for possible alternatives.  Ask her what the benefits of the drug are.  Good luck!

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From a quick search, promethazine is a pregnancy class C drug, as is codeine. They both seem to be regarded as safe (less so with codeine) but there aren't a lot of studies on it. With Class C, the idea is that there may be a small risk, but not taking the medicine could be worse.

http://drugsafetysite.com/promethazine/

http://drugsafetysite.com/codeine/



If you aren't comfortable after reading that, then don't take the medicine. Also, I know zofran (?) is sometimes given for morning sickness, and I think that is Class B. You should talk to your doctor about your concerns - that's what she's there for.

Jackie - posted on 10/09/2009

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don't quote me but

There are group A meds thats are considered safe, a group B med is considered to be less risky then whatever you're taking the med for. For instance, if you have an infection and you're pregnant, the infection can potentally do more damage than the meds.

Still not sure, I would get a second opinion...

Amanda - posted on 10/09/2009

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It's called Promethazine w/Codeine Syrup. She gave it to me at my first visit for the pregnancy so she knew I was expecting. I got the cough after morning sickness and it started keeping me up at night. I waited until the dr appointment b/c i didnt want to take anything i wasnt supposed too.. My mom started the worrying by saying codeine in pregnancy is scary.



 



 



Quoting Bethany:

What's the medicine for and why are you taking it?

Don't necessarily trust what medications doctors try to give you. For example, there is a little pill called Cytotec (also called misoprostol) that is frequently given by obgyns to pregnant women to induce labor. They say it's totally harmless and is more mild than pitocin. However, this "harmless" little pill has caused the death of both mothers and babies because it's FDA approved for stomach ulcers; not pregnant women. In fact, the manufacturer sent out a warning to every practitioner about the dangers of the drug in pregnant and laboring women. But they still use it. Why? It's cheaper than a pitocin drip. And it does help start contractions. It also just has that unfortunate little side effect of causing deformity or death. Cytotec is used on the black market as a cheap alternative to an abortion. There's actually a group here on the Circle of Moms for mothers who have experienced the devastating results of this drug. It's anything but safe, yet doctors and nurses keep on giving it to their clients.

So, no, I wouldn't always trust what a doctor prescribes. If you don't feel comfortable taking it, don't. Research it, find a safe alternative to whatever it is you're given. Any medication taken while pregnant does have risks, large and small, even if it's needed. So ask if it is actually necessary. Don't just take her word for it.





 

Brittany - posted on 10/09/2009

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If your OB doctor okayed it then she is going off the promise that it will do more good for you to be on the meds than not to take them. All meds say "consult a doctor if youare pregnant or breastfeeding" and your OB knows what the warning on your medicine is, he or she also knows in which trimester certain drugs are ok or not ok to take. If you are really worried get another opinion, but then, stop worring. Worry is not good or helpful to you or your baby!

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What is the medication (if you don't mind sharing)? Sometime the information on the bottle is not very helpful in determining if it is okay - but both your doctor and pharmacist should have checked for safety during pregnancy before giving it to you. Medicines are separated by class: class A, B, C, D, and X. With Class A drugs being completely safe during pregnancy, and class X never being okay. But a lot of things people take without worrying much are actually Class B - like tylenol. This link may help decide if the medication is okay or not:
http://www.providence.org/Oregon/Health_...

As for trusting your doctor, you should trust their advice, but always do your own research. They can make mistakes, too.

Bethany - posted on 10/09/2009

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What's the medicine for and why are you taking it?



Don't necessarily trust what medications doctors try to give you. For example, there is a little pill called Cytotec (also called misoprostol) that is frequently given by obgyns to pregnant women to induce labor. They say it's totally harmless and is more mild than pitocin. However, this "harmless" little pill has caused the death of both mothers and babies because it's FDA approved for stomach ulcers; not pregnant women. In fact, the manufacturer sent out a warning to every practitioner about the dangers of the drug in pregnant and laboring women. But they still use it. Why? It's cheaper than a pitocin drip. And it does help start contractions. It also just has that unfortunate little side effect of causing deformity or death. Cytotec is used on the black market as a cheap alternative to an abortion. There's actually a group here on the Circle of Moms for mothers who have experienced the devastating results of this drug. It's anything but safe, yet doctors and nurses keep on giving it to their clients.



So, no, I wouldn't always trust what a doctor prescribes. If you don't feel comfortable taking it, don't. Research it, find a safe alternative to whatever it is you're given. Any medication taken while pregnant does have risks, large and small, even if it's needed. So ask if it is actually necessary. Don't just take her word for it.

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