Painkillers during Pregnancy May Lead to Inborn Defects


According to US scientists, taking opioid analgesics by future moms seriously increases the risk of birth defects. In such cases, children are often born prematurely and have brain defects, spine and heart problems.


Researchers from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention warn expectant mothers: opioid analgesics, such as morphine and codeine, increase the risk of serious birth defects.

The babies born after taking these drugs often demonstrate brain defects, heart and spine problems. Most often, babies are born prematurely if their moms take opioid analgesics. Some infants have real drug break-up symptoms.

Such drugs are not for everyone. Opioid analgesics – codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine – are available only by prescription and are recommended in cases where standard non-prescription pain relievers do not help.

In America, the use of opioid analgesics is quite common, which is why the problem of birth defects associated with these medications is especially relevant. However, be careful and always check what your doctor has prescribed.