Painkillers can pose problems for new mothers

September 4, 2017

Painkillers can pose problems for new mothers

The Washington Post

In the United States, it’s standard practice to prescribe powerful opioid painkillers such as oxycodone (Oxy­Contin and generic) and hydrocodone (Vicodin and generic) to manage discomfort during recovery from a Caesarean section.

According to Marvin M. Lipman, Consumer Reports’ chief medical adviser, opioids can be effective for such acute ­post-surgical pain but must be used with great care.

Having opioids in the house increases the likelihood they might be ingested by someone else. “This is leading to excess pills in the community, which are subject to misuse,” says IHPI member, Chad Brummett, director of pain research at the University of Michigan Medical School.

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