If I am pregnant, is it safe to take Percocet?

If you're pregnant, you should take the pain medication Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen) only if your doctor decides the benefits to you outweigh the risks. No studies have been done to show that Percocet is safe for a developing fetus. However, it is known that opioids such as the drug oxycodone in Percocet cross the placenta and can interfere with respiration. As a result, a baby exposed to Percocet in the womb could be born with breathing problems. She may also be dependent on the drug and experience severe withdrawal symptoms. Let your doctor know you're pregnant before taking Percocet or if you become pregnant while taking it.

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