Vicodin, Oxycodone and Codeine

A study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has found that women who use Vicodin, codeine, oxycodone, OxyContin or other pain medications at the start of pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to a child with certain types of serious birth defects.

Researchers found that women who used painkillers during the first trimester of pregnancy or up to one month before they became pregnant were twice as likely to give birth to a child with heart defects such as ventricular septal defects (VSD) or hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), spina bifida, gastroschisis or other birth defects.

Although the study was based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration has not announced plans to issued a warning about the use of painkillers during pregnancy or to recall Vicodin, codeine, oxycodone or OxyContin due to the side effects of these drugs.

If you or someone you love used painkillers such as Vicodin, codeine, OxyContin or oxycodone before or during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with heart defects or other birth defects, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form on the right of this page.


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