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In animal studies, Vicodin increased the risk of various birth defects, such as cranial defects. Some human studies also have shown that Vicodin may increase the risk of similar birth defects. If you take the drug during the later stages of pregnancy, Vicodin could potentially cause narcotic withdrawal in your infant after delivery, leading to symptoms such as fast breathing, vomiting, and fever.
I'm Pregnant -- Can I Take Vicodin?Vicodin® (hydrocodone/APAP) is a prescription pain medication. Based on animal studies (and limited human studies), the drug may not be safe for use during pregnancy.
What Is Pregnancy Category C?The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but that do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Also, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
- Irritability and excessive crying
- Shakiness (tremors)
- Hyperactive reflexes
- Fast breathing
- Increased stools