OxyContin (oxycodone) is a Schedule II opioid narcotic. This classification means that it is dangerous and highly addictive. It is a medication prescibed for pain.

Birth Defects

National Birth Defects Prevention Study reports that treatment with opioid drugs such as OxyContin® increases the risk birth defects:

  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Atrioventricular, conoventricular, and atrial septal defects
  • Pulmonary valve stenosis

In addition, use during the third trimester of OxyContin® increases the chance of the child experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms of OxyContin® withdrawal in an infant:

  • Fever
  • Fast breathing
  • Increased stools
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting
  • Hyperactive reflexes
  • Irritability, excessive crying
  • Sneezing
  • Yawning

During labor this drug can depress the infant’s breathing. This can be dangerous, so the drug should not be used.

Side Effects of OxyContin®

  • Anxiety
  • Diarrheaspilled pills
  • Abdominal pain
  • Drowsiness
  • Euphoria (an unusual pleasant feeling)
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Itching
  • Nausea
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Hiccups
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nervousness
  • Strange dreams
  • Twitching
  • Weakness

The most serious of side-effects is irregular and/or slowed down breathing which can be fatal.

Don’t Delay! Call Clay!

If you were prescribed the drug during your pregnancy and your baby suffered symptoms of withdrawal or birth defects you may have a legal claim. Contact The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess Today!