Pain re­liev­ers up de­fect risks

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

CON­SUM­ING opi­oid pain re­liev­ers such as codeine, oxy­codone or hy­drocodone just be­fore preg­nancy or early in preg­nancy in­creases the risk of cer­tain birth de­fects, es­pe­cially con­gen­i­tal heart de­fects, the Cen­tres for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion warned. Al­though there is an in­creased risk of some ma­jor types of birth de­fects from ex­po­sure to the drugs, ‘‘ the ab­so­lute risk for any in­di­vid­ual woman is rel­a­tively mod­est’’.

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