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Opioid Painkillers Maybe Linked To Birth Defects In Newborns

By Balzafire, Mar 7, 2011 | |
  1. Balzafire
    Washington (HealthKnowItAll) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have just released a report warning pregnant women not to take opioid painkillers such as codeine and oxycodone as they can be dangerous for unborn children.

    About three percent of babies born each year in the United States have some form of birth defect, and a considerable number of these birth defects maybe linked to the fact that the mothers of those babies are unknowingly harming their fetuses by taking these drugs.

    The most common negative behaviors linked to birth defects in children are smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol but more studies are coming out now linking various drugs to an increased risk of a child being born with a birth defect, which can include conditions like cleft palate, heart defects and spina bifida.

    FDA researchers analyzed data from 10 states featuring more than 17,000 women who gave birth to a baby with a birth defect.

    The new moms were compared with an additional 7,000 women who gave birth at around the same time period to babies who were not born with any birth defects.

    The researchers noted that of the babies born without birth defects, two percent of their moms had taken some form of opioid painkiller compared to 2.6 percent of babies who were born with a birth defect.

    Moral of the story here is for any pregnant woman, it is a very smart idea to consult with your doctor before putting any drug into your body.

    March 6, 2011


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