I'm 29 weeks and been prescribed cocodimal 8/500mg for my back pain. It is severe pain and I'm in agony, not managing to get any housework etc done as I can't even stand up straight for more than 10 minutes and I know that as the weeks go on I'm probably just going to become sorer and sorer. However, my boyfriend AND his mum has the opinion that I shouldn't be taking these as there are 'opiates' in them and that it will be bad for babies development etc. I know there are plenty pregnant ladies out there that would take co codimal and even stronger drugs such as tramadol but can anyone advise me on what to do? I wouldn't be looking to take them if I wasn't desperate.
If you ' ve been prescribed them then I would imagine the gp has weighed up the risk to your baby against the risk/pain you are in and has deemed it appropriate to prescribe them to you. In that case, I would use them, but only as prescribed and if you really need them. Remember you can only have 4 doses of paracetamol a day, so I would use the co-codamol if necessary and use paracetamol up to a max of four doses a day in total ( ie not 4 doses of each). Opiates aren't necessarily bad for you when pregnant- they give you diamorphine in labour, and codeine after a c-section while bf- ing- but it's a calculated risk that should be monitored by a doctor. I was prescribed co- codamol in pregnancy for spd and used them because I really couldn't manage without. Be warned, they make you constipated!
I was on 30/500 cocodamol when pregnant with both my dd. I had to wean myself down the last 6 weeks of pregnancy to minimise chances of baby becoming dependant. But that's it. I took some around 5 times a week for the whole of both pregnancies. No problems!
Ive really suffered recently with very incapacitating pain at 35 weeks. Was prescribed cocodomel and diazipam. I've only taken them when I've absolutely needed to but was assured by my gp and midwife it's safe.
I'm on codeine 30/500mg for SPD and I have been advised I need to stop 4 weeks before EDD to wean the baby off it. As cocodomel contains codeine I'm guessing it will be along the same lines, but I would get confirmation from GP/midwife/pharmacy X
I'm 29 weeks pregnant as well, on crutches and can't walk at all due to bloody sciatica.
I've been taking cocodamol for the past 3 weeks everyday and will continue up until I get to 35 weeks. I can't cope without it as my pain is unbearable. I'm also on another painkiller at the same time for my nerves.
I take 4 a day which the gp has said won't harm the baby. I just need to try to come off at 35 weeks to reduce the risk of dependency.
Also OP your dosage is very low and is the one that is available over the counter. I'm on a higher strength than you are and have had multiple appointments and gps telling me it's safe and not to worry
I'm 36 weeks and taking codeine for sciatica as otherwise I can't function, GP has said I can just carry on until I go into labour so not even trying to wean off them. As other PPs have said, just try and take them only when necessary. If your mother and partner don't like it perhaps they should try being pregnant and in crippling pain!
I took codeine 30/500 for SPD from 20 weeks as prescribed by the GP. Baby was absolutely fine and midwife encouraged me to take them as needed rather than try to 'power through'.
I went into early labour at 34weeks and was admitted to hospital and kept until DS2 was born at 35+1. I was having irregular painful contractions throughout and the consultant prescribed codeine 30/500 for the pain daily with no worries for baby.
I had some when I broke my leg. I hated the way it made me feel spacey so made do with regular paracetamol after that. Why not just try a dose and see how much it helps with the pain and then weigh up if you think taking it is worth the worry (not that I think you need to worry if the doctor says it's fine).
Just don't mention it to your mil and ask your dp to be supportive??