Pregnancy Oxycodone and Breastfeeding
Pregnancy and Oxycodone
If you are taking oxycodone while pregnant or breastfeeding small amounts of this drug will go to your baby.
Babies born to mothers taking oxycodone can be affected by side effects.
It’s important to follow the advice of your doctor.
Oxycodone is considered a B drug in pregnancy.
This means there have been no known birth defects resulting from use while pregnant.
Taking oxycodone while pregnant is not recommended if it can be avoided.
However, it is recommended you talk to a prescribing physician or obstetrician before stopping use.
Suddenly stopping can put you at a risk for miscarriage.
Medical intervention at Resurgence Behavioral Health can help protect you and your unborn child.
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Barriers to Treatment
Receiving treatment for pregnancy and oxycodone use can mitigate or prevent negative birth outcomes.
Despite being a class b drug, unborn babies still are affected by maternal addiction.
Developing babies are at significant risk of dependence themselves when they are born due to maternal drug users.
Opioid exposure during pregnancy has been linked to some adverse health effects for both mothers and their babies.
The shame associated with pregnancy and oxycodone use results in a reluctance to seek out care.
The fear of legal consequences is real.
These barriers can prevent expecting mothers from receiving essential prenatal care or treatment for their oxycodone addiction.
Sometimes interventions don’t happen until they are close to delivery or in labor.
Failure to identify and treatment expecting mothers with oxycodone addictions as a consequence have increased risks of transmitting HIV to their infants, low birth weight, and preterm delivery.
After birth care is just as important for both mother and child.
Receiving essential care during the postpartum period another barrier for new mothers with opiate use disorders.
However, the fear of legal consequences prevents many mothers from seeking treatment or continuing care.
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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Expecting mothers and infants face barriers to adequate prenatal care when coupled with an opiate use disorder. Taking oxycodone during pregnancy or breastfeeding may cause your child to suffer from withdrawal. Neonatal abstinence syndrome or NAS are withdrawal symptoms experienced by infants from fetal exposure to substances that were used or abused by the mother during pregnancy. The goal of addiction treatment before birth is to protect the fetus or infant from further opioid exposure. Untreated oxycodone addiction can lead to negative outcomes for both the fetus and mother. The signs and symptoms of neonatal withdrawal symptoms begin within 72 hours after birth. An infant is scored 2 hours after birth, the following signs indicate neonatal abstinence syndrome:
- High-pitched crying
- Sleep disturbances
- Hyperactive reflexes
- Excessive yawning
- Poor feeding
- Loose stools
- Excessive sweating
Oxycodone and the Breast-Feeding Mother
Breastfeeding while addicted to oxycodone is dangerous for infants. Oxycodone and breastfeeding can cause your infant to be drowsy, depress the central nervous system, and even cause death. When you breastfeed, the oxycodone you ingest is metabolized into your breast milk. There are several reports that oxycodone and breastfeeding cause respiratory distress in infants. You should limit your infant’s exposure to opioids. Small, monitored doses of oxycodone after surgery can have limited impact, but it doesn’t go without risk. It is recommended that oxycodone use during pregnancy and breastfeeding be closely monitored with the goal of stopping use altogether.
The Risk of Oxycodone and Breastfeeding
Sedation is a common side effect of breastfeeding and oxycodone use. Newborns are particularly susceptible to the effects of oxycodone and breastfeeding. If you do take opioids it is recommended you limit your use of them. Once your milk comes in, switching to non-opioid pain relievers is the right step to take to ensure your infant’s safety. When you take oxycodone while breastfeeding small amounts of the drug are fed to your baby. This may cause drowsiness, shallow breathing, or a decreased heart rate, and in rare cases death. If you take oxycodone while breastfeeding and notice the following signs, call your health care provider right away:
- Is baby sleepier than normal?
- Is it difficult to wake the baby for feedings?
- Difficulty staying latch or inability to suck?
- Does the baby pass small or hard stools?
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Treatment for Oxycodone Addiction
Finding the right treatment for oxycodone addiction during pregnancy can help you provide a better life for yourself and your unborn child. Resurgence is a leader in addiction care. Our programs are innovative and focused on you. We understand how shame and fear can discourage you from seeking help. However, the consequences of carrying and delivering untreated may be much harder to face. Unfortunately, newborns will have to suffer, but ensuring the sobriety of mothers during pregnancy may reduce neonatal abstinence syndrome from occurring. A comprehensive care plan will include all aspects of care to help you reach long term sobriety. If you are struggling with addiction and are expecting, reach out to Resurgence Behavioral Health to discuss your options.
Detoxing is the first part of recovery. Today, many options can help you detox safely and effectively. Your commitment to stopping using oxycodone while breastfeeding is necessary. The goal is to help you get through the withdrawal phase and learn to handle the cravings to avoid relapses. Medications can curb cravings and block their effects.
Pharmacotherapy During Pregnancy
Many mothers with opiate use disorders are sufficiently motivated to get into treatment to give their babies a better life. Envisioning a better future for your growing family is possible with care at Resurgence Behavioral Health. There is additional care that goes along with treating oxycodone use while pregnant or breastfeeding. Many options can help you wean off of oxycodone slowly. When you chose medical intervention, you can slowly taper your dosage down or substitute it with an agonist, such as buprenorphine or methadone. By blocking cyclic withdrawal symptoms associated with the misuse of short-acting opioids, methadone or buprenorphine can provide a more stabilized intrauterine environment.
When you use misuse oxycodone, it invariably causes fundamental changes in your brain chemistry. This is because opiates like oxycodone unnaturally increase the number of endorphins in your brain. When you take oxycodone, the drug overpowers your brain. Over repeated use, it confuses the naturally occurring neurotransmitters, disrupting the delicate balance. When your brain becomes accustomed to this unequal balance, stopping for any period of time, your brain reacts negatively. Despite the profound consequences to your health and well-being, the next fix is your top priority. This is part of the addiction cycle.
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Help for Oxycodone Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
If you are seeking prenatal care and help for a substance use disorder, Resurgence Behavioral Health can carefully conduct an empathetic and nonjudgmental about pregnancy oxycodone and breastfeeding.
When you choose Resurgence Behavioral Health to treat your oxycodone addiction you’re provided with the latest addiction treatment proven to lessen the discomforts of withdrawal.
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