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Can I take OxyContin if I'm pregnant?

You shouldn't take the pain reliever OxyContin (oxycodone) if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Like other opioid drugs, OxyContin can cause physical dependency -- and because opioid drugs are capable of crossing the placenta, a developing fetus will be exposed to this drug and could become dependent on it. After birth, a baby born to a woman who used OxyContin may develop withdrawal symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, restlessness and relentless crying. This is called neonatal withdrawal syndrome, and it can be fatal.

Additionally, taking OxyContin during or just prior to labor could interfere with contractions and prolong delivery.

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