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Opioids Linked to Higher Risk of Birth Defects

Destiny Baker3 years ago

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring a new black box warning label for opioid analgesics which warn patients and doctors of increased birth defect risks.

Opioid Analgesics Increase Risk of Birth Defects Three Fold

  • Opioid analgesics are prescription medications, such as codeine and oxycodone, used to treat severe, long lasting pain.
  • The most common reasons opioids may be prescribed during pregnancy are to treat infections, chronic diseases, injuries, and pain resulting from surgery.
  • According to a National Birth Defect Prevention Study, however, the use of these painkillers increases the risk of a child suffering debilitating and potentially fatal birth defects by two to three times.

Several Birth Defects have been Linked to Opioid Analgesics

  • According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), taking opioid analgesics while pregnant has been linked to:

    • Spina bifida
    • Hydrocephaly
    • Glaucoma
    • Gastroschisis
  • The drugs also increase the risk of a child being born with congenital heart defects, the most common form of birth defect, including:

    • Conoventicular septal defect
    • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
    • Atrial septal defect
    • Tetrology of Fallot
  • According to CDC, 1 in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. This equates to 1 baby every 4.5 minutes.
  • Birth defects are currently the leading cause of death among infants accounting for over 20 percent of all infant deaths or roughly 5,600 deaths per year.
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