Warning for women about opioid painkillers and birth defects

January 22, 2015 10:53 PM

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Warning for women about opioid painkillers and birth defects

As more and more American women take prescription painkillers, health officials are raising the alarm about the risk of birth defects.

Powerful opioid drugs like hydrocodone, codeine and oxycodone are commonly prescribed for moderate to severe pain and they can be addictive. The drugs have also been linked to serious birth defects, including congenital heart defects; neural tube defects such as spina bifida; and gastroschisis, when...

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