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  1. Default 8 week pregnant and have been taking tramadol. Has there been irreversable damage to unborn baby

    I was prescribed Tramadol pre-pregnancy for back pain. I just assumed the Doctor knew what I was on, as he went down a list of medications, or medications I stopped. He never mentioned anything regarding Tramadol. I called his nurse, but she never called me back yet. I feel like I caused damage to the unborn baby. I know this med is a category C med for pregnancy, but what I want to know is if there are defects heard of this early on taking this med?....HELP, I'm pulling my hair out!
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    Don't panic. First of all, I'm guessing you've stopped this medication because yes, it is not good for pregnant women to take. It is not the worst drug in it's category, but it could cause some unwanted side effects in newborns. Hopefully you haven't taken the drug too long, that would make a big difference. Also, you didn't say how far along you are or how long you've been taking it since you found out you were pregnant. You need to talk to your doctor, if the nurse doesn't call you back, call them and explain to them how nervous you are and how you need to talk to someone STAT! Maybe then they will listen. Tramadol can cause some birth issues like withdraw symptoms, cleft palate, seizures, rapid heart beat, premature births, etc, so you are right to be somewhat concerned and need to discuss this with your doctor. But if you haven't taken that much, your early in your pregnancy, and you stopped taking it immediately when you realized that you shouldn't, there's a good chance your baby will be OK. Take care of yourself and your unborn child. Best of Luck to you.
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  3. I took tramadol thoughout my entire pregancy and gave birth to a happy, healthy baby boy. I took 4 per day for extreme lower back pain. My boy is 2 1/2 years old and except for a few colds has never been sick. I'm not say that this is a typical result of taking tramadol during pregancy, I'm just letting you know of my experince.

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    It's always a tough decision when prescribing any medication to pregnant women. So when your doctor prescribed Tramadol to you, he or she has already studied the benefits versus the risk of the drug to you unborn child. As long as you follow the prescription and get the usual check ups, you'll be fine. Of course, as much as possible we want the pregnant individual to take the least amount of medication as possible.

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    Well since the deed is done don't anic and worry about it...it may or maynot have effects on your child.keep good hope and positive thinking and pray for the best.I wish you luck.
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  6. at a pregancy time try to avoid it as much as you can!
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  7. I would just make sure that you are off the stuff for a while before the baby gets born, so it doesn't need to feel withdrawel symptoms which cannot be good for it anyway you turn this. It cannot tell you that its feeling like crap when it gets born, but if you slowly build down to 0 then there will not be a problem I would think. There are many more persons taking that druk, but of course, since the drug does things with certain neurotransmitters, it will never be known if it will or will not have any (ill) lasting effect on the baby. I would think that genetics are the thing to worry about most in conjunction with food etc. during pregnancy. Not a little usage of tramadol. Long time high dosage use.... I would definately not do. Not because it might or might not have an effect on the kid but because if there turns out to be ANYTHING wrong with the baby now or later in life, you might be worrying yourself for a thing that you will never know the answer too.

    Hell, maybe the serotonin transporter genes will be more activated during growth and you will produce the happiest most inquistive baby ever!!

    Just try and limit the usage, thats all I'm saying. I do not believe you should worry too much, for good or bad reasons/things to happen. Just use when needed. Since you are the "growing chamber" for the baby, you are just a tad more important than it..... ;-) And if you are feeling stressed and pain during your pregnancy all the time, I CAN imagine that could also have an effect on the development due to higher stress levels (cortisol etc etc etc etc) within yourself.

    Just go with the flow. Have a bit of trust in nature...

    Its ashame you weren't more specific on frequency and amount of usage, period etc. But even then NOONE on earth will be able to give you a definate correct answer to your question.

  8. Hi there,

    I am also worried sick as 8 weeks pregnant and have been taking tramadol throughout, I have been on tramadol for 2 years and really do need them and cant give them up. I take them for back pain.

    thanks

    rachel xx

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    Here is what rxlist has to say about tramadol and pregnancy. Basically it's like Tinmuning said earlier in the thread: the potential risks to the fetus have to be weighed against the potential benefits to the mother by a licensed physician. If your doctor has determined the benefits to outweigh the risk, then take it and don't worry about it (he or she has already done the worrying for you).

    There just aren't any studies done with pregnant mothers and tramadol. Ethically, there would be a problem with studying said topic, for obvious reasons that it could harm a fetus. But postmarketing studies by the drug companies have shown some negative effects (I'll just let you read below for the details).

    Pregnancy

    Teratogenic Effects
    Pregnancy Category C

    No drug-related teratogenic effects were observed in the progeny of rats treated orally with tramadol and acetaminophen. The tramadol/acetaminophen combination product was shown to be embryotoxic and fetotoxic in rats at a maternally toxic dose, 50/434 mg/kg tramadol/acetaminophen (300/2604 mg/mē or 1.6 times the maximum daily human tramadol/acetaminophen dosage of 185/1591 mg/mē), but was not teratogenic at this dose level. Embryo and fetal toxicity consisted of decreased fetal weights and increased supernumerary ribs.

    Non-teratogenic Effects
    Tramadol alone was evaluated in peri- and post-natal studies in rats. Progeny of dams receiving oral (gavage) dose levels of 50 mg/kg (300 mg/mē or 1.6 times the maximum daily human tramadol dosage) or greater had decreased weights, and pup survival was decreased early in lactation at 80 mg/kg (480 mg/mē or 2.6 times the maximum daily human tramadol dosage).

    There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. ULTRACETŪ should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Neonatal seizures, neonatal withdrawal syndrome, fetal death and still birth have been reported with tramadol hydrochloride during post-marketing.

    Labor and Delivery

    ULTRACETŪ should not be used in pregnant women prior to or during labor unless the potential benefits outweigh the risks. Safe use in pregnancy has not been established. Chronic use during pregnancy may lead to physical dependence and post-partum withdrawal symptoms in the newborn (see Drug Abuse And Dependence). Tramadol has been shown to cross the placenta. The mean ratio of serum tramadol in the umbilical veins compared to maternal veins was 0.83 for 40 women given tramadol during labor.

    The effect of ULTRACETŪ, if any, on the later growth, development, and functional maturation of the child is unknown.

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    I'm sorry when it comes to an unborn child I have to take a serious stance. This type of questions should be directed to a doctor. I know you're trying to get any information on the matter and that's the sign of a good parent. However, people on here who don't have an M.D. can only speculate (and sometimes rather well). Please seek the advice of your obstetrician!

  11. I agree with weighing the benefits vs risks for this medication. I took it thoughout my entire pregnancy (with my obgyn prescribing it). The only side effect was that my baby had withdrawels and we had to put him on phenobarital and weine him off.
    I feel horrible- but i did go to a specialist for women taking meds during pregnancy and she said it was ok to take. My baby is perfectly healthy besides the with drawing thing.
    No birth defects. Don't worry- just follow up after the baby is born to make sure he or she isn't withdrawing. It is so hard and horrible to watch a newborn in this condition.
    That's just my advise...good luck to you


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