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how long does hydrocodone stay in an unborn babies system

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how long does hydrocodone stay in an unborn babies system
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr.Hussey replied 6 years ago.
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Well the half life of hydrocodone is about 4 hours and it should be eliminated from the body with in a days time. But actually it is converted into its metabolites and they do take some time to clear. This drug can be detected in blood for upto 2-3 days in urine and can be detected in blood sample for up to 5 days.
In hair sample ,the traces of drug can be found for many weeks. But as far as the health hazards are concerned, the damage is expected during first couple of days and not after that.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Hi what I need to know is will hydrocodone be detected when my baby is born. I am 36 weeks pregnant but have not taken it in a week. Will my baby suffer withdrawls?
Expert:  Dr.Hussey replied 6 years ago.
For what duration have you taken this drug?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

The whole pregnancy

 

Expert:  Dr.Hussey replied 6 years ago.
If you have been taking it the whole pregnancy , then your baby may suffer withdrawl symptoms. The recommendation is to stop the medicine in the third trimester as the baby can get addicted and you have been taking it well into the third trimester. So you should seek medical attention and Suboxone is a drug that can be used to treat withdrawl symptoms.
Your baby should get immediate medical care after delivery and should be monitored for withdrawl symptoms.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
so even if I do not take anymore and the baby has not had any in a month she can still suffer withdrawls?
Expert:  Dr.Hussey replied 6 years ago.
YEs, you have got it pretty much right. The drugs that you have already taken in last 12 weeks are enough to cause withdrawl symptoms.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I only took 7-14 mg daily?
Expert:  Dr.Hussey replied 6 years ago.
Still ,this dose can result in withdrawl symptoms.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
how long can these symptoms last? When I stopped the medication I tapered and did not go into severe withdrawl I just don't understand if its out of my system how can she go through withdrawl
Expert:  Dr.Hussey replied 6 years ago.
Withdrawl occurs when there is no drug in the body. To give you m ore details, this drug is a category C drug and this means that it is less likely to cause damage and has caused damage to animal fetus in animal studies and not enough studies have been conducted in humans. So the recommendation is not to use it in pregnancy specially in third trimester. However , since the study results are limited in humans, so we have to assume that the withdrawl would occur.
As you have said that you have not undergone any withdrawl, so it makes less likely for the withdrawl to occur in the baby, but the chances cannot be discarded out rightly.
You can say that the cahnces are less and the baby is likely to adapt more in next few days before birth, but monitoring for the withdrawl symptoms should be done.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
wouldn't the baby have already gone through withdrawal in utero? I have nearly 3 weeks left until I am due to deliver.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

wouldn't the baby have already gone through withdrawal in utero? ? I have nearly 3 weeks left until I am due to deliver

 

Expert:  Louise Sivak, M.D. replied 6 years ago.
Hello, Your baby is still at risk for withdrawal in the first few hours to 3-5 days after delivery. Plans should be made ahead of time to monitor your baby closely after birth, as withdrawal in a neonate can become life-threatening.
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