Small opioid dose for nursing mothers may not harm infants

03/10/2011 | Reuters

U.S. researchers reported in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology that breast-fed babies whose mothers took the opioid hydrocodone, usually marketed as Vicodin, absorbed a fraction of the painkiller, estimated at less than 1% of the dose prescribed to older infants. They said nursing women can take up to 30 milligrams of Vicodin. But one expert said the findings might be misleading because the drugs stay in infants' body for a longer period of time.

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