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    It is fine and considered safe. I have bowel trouble and my OB recommended panadeine as codeine is a binding agent and it better to take than imodium whilst pregnant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShazieB View Post
    I had a major operation while I was pregnant and I was given morphine! I also had chemo and was given panadine forte and the docs assured me it's safe. They often give panadine forte at the beginning of labour so it is safe. I guess if panadol is not really helping, you can try panadine if you choose. Everyone is different and some people would choose to not even take panadol, but I can tell you that it is safe.
    Pandadeine is fine op.
    Shazie, you had chemo while pregnant? I didn't realise they did that... Hope it worked and you are well now


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    Yeah I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 16 weeks preg after having a 20cm cyst removed. They did a "half" dose of chemo as they were unsure how it would effect bub as its very rare. We were very lucky, both me and bub, he is now a healthy 2 year old and with the assistance of ivf, I'm pregnant again!

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    Both codeine and paracetamol are category A drugs - if you take it in labour it has the potential to have an affect on the bub's respiration post-birth (as does any opiate) and it can also be constipating which can be a concern in pregnancy - however it is not associated with any birth defects of any nature and is well tested.

    I wish people wouldn't just give personal opinions about this. If you don't know maybe just don't answer? Fair enough if you wouldn't personally - but that doesn't mean it's not a perfectly safe and valid treatment that somebody else might choose.
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    I have been told it's safe during pregnancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tam-I-Am View Post
    Both codeine and paracetamol are category A drugs - if you take it in labour it has the potential to have an affect on the bub's respiration post-birth (as does any opiate) and it can also be constipating which can be a concern in pregnancy - however it is not associated with any birth defects of any nature and is well tested.

    I wish people wouldn't just give personal opinions about this. If you don't know maybe just don't answer? Fair enough if you wouldn't personally - but that doesn't mean it's not a perfectly safe and valid treatment that somebody else might choose. Scare tactics are not cool.
    I know a lot of ladies who have been given panadine forte during early labour by the midwives, including myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShazieB View Post
    I know a lot of ladies who have been given panadine forte during early labour by the midwives, including myself.
    Me too, but they knew I had a loooonnngggg way to go and it was well and truly out of both our systems before he was born!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShazieB View Post
    I know a lot of ladies who have been given panadine forte during early labour by the midwives, including myself.
    I'm not really sure how that's in contradiction with what I said?

    I said that opiates have the potential to affect the baby's respiration post-birth (especially if they're given quite close to the birth). I didn't say that opiates are totally contra-indicated and they will never be given because of this potential.

    The affect of opiates on a newborn's respiration is not a secret, it's a well known medical fact - and is why some newborns require Narcan to be given (ie the antidote to opiates) at birth - usually not from codeine, more likely from morphine or pethadine.

    I mentioned it not because I wished to engage in scare tactics - taking it at 32 weeks for a headache has a pretty low potential for it to affect the baby's respiration...none at all, in fact, if the baby's born more than 6 hours after the mum having taken the medication, which one would hope and presume would be the case unless one was being told that the mother was in premature labour - in which case I'd simply suggest talking to the care provider. I mentioned it because everybody has a right to make an informed decision. It *can* cause respiration difficulties in newborn if taken too close to the birth. This is medical fact. Why it raises such a defensive reaction, I'm not sure.

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    I was given panadeine forte in my last trimester with my 3rd for a bad sinus infection. Pescribed by my midwife

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShazieB View Post
    Yeah I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 16 weeks preg after having a 20cm cyst removed. They did a "half" dose of chemo as they were unsure how it would effect bub as its very rare. We were very lucky, both me and bub, he is now a healthy 2 year old and with the assistance of ivf, I'm pregnant again!
    That's great to hear! Congratulations on your recovery and babies


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