If I am pregnant, is it safe to use MS Contin?

Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should tell their doctors before taking MS Contin (morphine), a narcotic medication used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain. MS Contin has not been formally studied in pregnant women, but in animal studies, it has caused abnormalities in developing fetuses.

In addition, a baby born to a woman who was physically dependent on MS Contin during pregnancy may experience withdrawal symptoms because the morphine in the drug can be habit-forming for a fetus as well its mother. This happens because while in the womb, the baby received morphine through the placenta, but after birth, his exposure to the drug stops abruptly. A baby going through withdrawal from MS Contin may be irritable, have a high-pitched cry and trouble sleeping and may vomit and fail to gain weight. Some babies who have been exposed to MS Contin in the womb also may have trouble breathing. Infants going through withdrawal will be watched closely and may be given medication to relieve symptoms.

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