Prescription Opioid Abuse After C-Section: Use Medications with Care

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According to the National Vital Statistics Reports, the total number of cesarean deliveries in 2015 was 1,272,503. This accounted for 32 percent of all deliveries in the United States in 2015. Women who had undergone a cesarean section (C-section) recount that they experienced excruciating pain post-delivery. However, that was not all.

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www.prescriptiondrugaddictionhelp.com Prescription Opioid Abuse After C-Section: Use Medications with Care According to the National Vital Statistics Reports the total number of cesarean deliveries in 2015 was 1272503. This accounted for 32 percent of all deliveries in the United States in 2015. Women who had undergone a cesarean section C-section recount that they experienced excruciating pain post-delivery. However that was not all. Apart from the surgical pain they also had to cope with the increasing hormone levels depleting vitamin levels and rising responsibilities due to the newborn. Adding to their woes were the hospital staff members who found it easier to keep mothers sedated post-operation and “voiceless” by prescribing medications like Percocet way more than necessary. Percocet derived primarily from oxycodone a Schedule II analgesic is responsible for causing alterations in the mother’s brain. The impact of such drugs is quick it sensitizes the pain receptors. As a result the mother is less burdened by painful sensations. However it has side effects like withdrawal pangs discomfort and anxiety which are apparent when the mother of the newborn is on her own. The risks of addiction are also high. More pills equate to higher addiction risks According to Marvin M. Lipman Consumer Reports’ chief medical adviser while opioids are necessary for post-surgical care they need to be used with care. A research conducted on 720 mothers who had a cesarean found that nearly 615 or 85 percent of the participants had been prescribed opioid painkillers. In the end nearly 84 percent of the women had medications left with them. Though women used only half of the prescribed pills it was evident that there is a direct relationship between

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www.prescriptiondrugaddictionhelp.com the number of pills prescribed and usage. It was observed that women who were prescribed more pills tended to use more pills. “These are addictive medications” says Brian Bateman chief of obstetric anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and lead author of two of the three studies relating to overuse of opioids in women who had undergone a C-section. He further adds “For some patients being exposed even in the setting of appropriate treatment for pain may precipitate an affinity for the drug that leads to subsequent chronic use and even abuse.” Cesarean with fewer opioids In case the odds of giving a cesarean birth are high it is essential to ensure that some effective measures are undertaken to lower the risks of developing an opioid use disorder OUD later. Some such steps are:  Talking to the doctor about pain management: Before conceiving it is essential to have a plan in place. Apart from creating a pain management strategy one could also use some time-tested means for alleviating pain post-discharge. Arnica gel and tablets cinnamon and garlic supplements coconut water omega-3 fatty acids apple cider vinegar etc. can help reduce the muscle pain and swelling associated with a C- section.  Using opioids short term: Overall opioids are meant only for short-term use. Taking them for a long time increases the risk of abuse and dependency. Such a measure needs to be undertaken despite the fact that most women who have undergone a C- section find everyday tasks daunting and the pain intolerable. They are the easy victims of prescription pills.  Disposing unused medications properly: The opioid epidemic is widespread in the U.S. According to the recent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA report there were 11.8 million past year opioid users in the U.S in 2016. Of these a vast majority misused prescription pain relievers. They either stole them or got them through other sources. Moreover opioids left carelessly also contributed to the rise of the opioid epidemic.  Using nonaddictive over-the-counter OTC medications: Certain medications like ibuprofen or naproxen Aleve and generic could be used with medical guidance for getting relief from pain post a C-section. Road to recovery Getting rid of an opioid-using habit is difficult. It is even more so in the case of mothers of newborns who find themselves in a messy state. Due to the potential of opioids to alleviate pain most opioids may seem heaven sent. However the risks of prescription drug use are

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www.prescriptiondrugaddictionhelp.com immense both for the baby and the mother. A mother who takes opioids while lactating risks passing on the drugs to the baby as well. If you or your loved one is suffering from an addiction to opioid or any other drug contact the Prescription Drug Addiction Help to get more information on the best prescription drug abuse treatment centers that specialize in evidence-based intervention plans. Call at our 24/7 helpline 866-623-3847 to know more about the prescription drug abuse treatment centers in the U.S.

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