Does weaning of narcotics in pregnant women with chronic pain result in better fetal outcomes than maintenance therapy?

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Does weaning of narcotics in pregnant women with chronic pain result in better fetal outcomes than maintenance therapy?

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Title: Does weaning of narcotics in pregnant women with chronic pain result in better fetal outcomes than maintenance therapy?
Author: Kani, Shefa; Satre, Thomas J.
Keywords: pregnancy
opiate use
pain relief
fetal outcomes
maternal outcomes
Date: 2012-07
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Evidence Based Practice 15(7): 09-10.
Series/Report no.: Help Desk Answers
Abstract: Only a paucity of direct data are available to inform us on this issue. Opioid treatment for chronic pain during pregnancy is associated with birth defects, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and other morbidities; however, the fetal risks of weaning off opioids during pregnancy are unknown. Opioid therapy for chronic pain during pregnancy should be used only if clear benefits outweigh these risks. (SOR: C, based on observational studies and expert opinion.)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/14859

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