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use of tramadol in pregnant womenDespite the fact that tramadol is one of the potent analgesics drug with a comparatively lower risk of psychological or physical dependence than other analgesics, there is still concern surrounding its effect on fertility or birth defects. Over dosage of Tramadol can limit the development of the embryo and can hampers its growth as medical studies conclude. Tramadol administration during pregnancy certainly elevates the risks of collapse of the foetus and moderate respiratory depression for mothers.

 How use of tramadol pose a threat in pregnant woman? 

Risks regarding complication of miscarriages and fatal anomalies in the growing embryo have been reported to increase with an over dosage of Tramadol during pregnancy. This is due to the reason that most pain relief pills interfere with the calibre of umbilical vessels by affecting the blood supply to the baby. This is of greater concern with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs constrict or narrow down all major blood vessels, which can result in impaired nutrition delivery to the baby, further leading to growth restriction or in some cases even fatal death. Moreover, most NSAIDs are ineffective and not usually advised during pregnancy, since most cases of pain are caused by damage to the integrity of nerves, ligaments or bones. FDA does not regard tramadol as a safe drug to be consumed during pregnancy because, it is considered as a Class 3 drug, a category which doctors typically do not recommend to be taken during pregnancy.

What would happen if pregnant women use tramadol despite of its risks?

Pains and aches may be experienced during pregnancy, due to weakening of nerves, and ligaments. Since pain medications or Tramadol act on your central nervous system, they cannot strengthen or rebuild your bone joints and that is the reason why doctors restrict the intake of tramadol, the critical phase of gestation. Some of the other most noticeable side effects of taking Tramadol during pregnancy are as follows: Drowsiness, Constipation, Agitation, Cough, Anxiety, Diarrhoea, Dry mouth, Feeling cold, Heartburn, Nausea, Muscle aches, Headache, Joint pain, Fever, and Irritability among others. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs constrict the major blood vessels and restrict the child’s body from acquiring enough amounts of food, oxygen, and blood. They affect the nutritional requirement of the growing foetus and cause growth restriction symptoms, which can also lead to sudden death of the foetus.

Tramadol tablets are not at all recommended for nursing mothers, because its safety in infants and new-borns has not been studied in detail till now. Taking too many painkillers during pregnancy is generally not advisable because, as stated earlier, most painkillers will restrict the supply of blood to the growing foetus, with the medications interfering the umbilical vessels of uterus, and thereby preventing the blood from reaching the baby. Regarding the views of doctors, this drug should only be used after consulting your doctor and only after clinical check says that this drug is not affecting both the mother and the foetus.

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