Infantile Glaucoma Linked to Maternal Opioid Painkiller Intake

Pregnant women who take opioid pain killers are more likely to give birth to babies with birth defects, including infantile glaucoma.

The study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, describes how women who took drugs like codeine or hydrocodone were twice as likely to have babies with severe heart problems. In addition to heart defects and glaucoma, when mothers-to-be took opioid drugs their children were more likely to have spina bifida, hydrocephaly, and gastroschisis.

It is very important to note that these birth defects were not only related to drugs mothers took while pregnant – researchers have connected maternal opiod intake and these conditions in children born to mothers who took these prescription medications three months before they were pregnant.

Source: Modern Medicine