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codiene addiction and an unborn baby?

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I am currently 8 weeks pregnant and have been addicted to codiene for over a year now. I was taking solpadiene max tablets which have 500mg of paracetamol and 12.8mg of codiene in each tab every day. I would usually take 15 (all at once) or sometimes up to 30 tabs a day which would usually be 10 tabs in the am and 15 tabs in the evening although sometimes I would take 15 tabs in the am too.

I have now stopped taking them for over a week now as I am pregnant however I am very worried about the damage this may have done to my unborn baby. I am too ashamed to talk to anyone about this.

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replied May 22nd, 2011
First Trimester of Pregnancy Answer A23263
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You should consider discussing with a Perinatologist/Pediatrician/Neonatologist about the potential effects that your medication intake could have caused to the baby. Avoid further use of such medication completely. If you are having withdrawal symptoms, report symptoms to your gynecologist to get started on safer medications to combat the withdrawal effects and also avoid having miscarriage (due to withdrawal effects on baby). Do not delay your visit to your doctor/specialists mentioned above. Drink plenty of water and take adequate rest. Also, consider getting liver and renal function tests (LFT and RFT) done to rule out damage to liver and kidneys with the overdose medication use. Get an Anomaly scan done at 16-20 weeks of gestation to rule out any birth defects/harm done to the baby. All the best.
Take care.

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