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Mr. J to you 1 child; Reedsburg, Wisconsin 628 posts
9th Nov '07

Why do they do drug testing on the meconium???? And is this a common procedure?

Holden's Mom 1 child; Arizona 6830 posts
9th Nov '07

They do drug testing on the meconium because it shows everything that has crossed the placenta since basically the baby was conceived. I believe it is protocol for some facilities but not for others. I know if there is anything sketchy or unusual in your chart they will do it though. They have to have a consent to test you, as the mom, for drugs, but they don't need consent to test your baby.

Mrs. C ♥ 35 kids; California 17903 posts
9th Nov '07

Hello, I was recently prescribed vicodin due to severe back pain. When I was talking about it with a few Dr's that I work with (I work for a pharmaceutical company) they said it was safe to take because it was such a large molecule that it would not cross the placenta therefore not affecting the baby. Maybe that is the case for tylenol 3 as well. I have heard of many women taking tylenol 3 while pregnant. I would think that the state or county would only step in if they found drugs in your system that would harm the baby or yourself. I would not worry so much, since you have told your Dr that you are still taking the drug and why.

*SoMeR~AiDeN* 1 child; Big Spring, Texas 3160 posts
9th Nov '07
Quoting MRS. C:" Hello, I was recently prescribed vicodin due to severe back pain. When I was talking about it with a ... [snip!] ... harm the baby or yourself. I would not worry so much, since you have told your Dr that you are still taking the drug and why."

Really? I wonder why its always listed as catagory C in safe medications to take while pregnant...I have actually heard the same thing about xanax, that it doesnt cross the placenta, even though its listed in catagory D!! I wish some of these studies were a little more informative, ya know!! Thank you for your reply though, it makes me feel much better!!

*SoMeR~AiDeN* 1 child; Big Spring, Texas 3160 posts
9th Nov '07
Quoting Holden's Mom:" They do drug testing on the meconium because it shows everything that has crossed the placenta since ... [snip!] ... do it though. They have to have a consent to test you, as the mom, for drugs, but they don't need consent to test your baby."

I have done extensive research on this subject and it says that the meconium will only show anything that has been taken from the16-20th week on til birth....

*SoMeR~AiDeN* 1 child; Big Spring, Texas 3160 posts
9th Nov '07
Quoting kyrafae:" I am certified for drug testing. If the prescription is over 90 days old, it is not valid. So I would ... [snip!] ... but make sure it is out of your blood. I am surprised that Tylenol 3 showed up as an opiate though. Never experienced that one."

Tylenol 3 has codeine in it...which is an opiate...


someone else on here said that prescriptions are good for a year...is that not the case??? Gosh Im confused!!!



kyrafae Kentucky 823 posts
10th Nov '07
Quoting somerdjl23:" Tylenol 3 has codeine in it...which is an opiate... someone else on here said that prescriptions are good for a year...is that not the case??? Gosh Im confused!!!"



In the state of Kentucky I know that they are only good for 90 days unless there are refills. Each refill is good for 90 days after they are filled. The actual drug won't expire for a year but having a valid prescription is not. Not sure about other states though.

It's like this, if you r doctor prescribed you say 30 pills for 3 a day, they should be gone in 10 days. That's the way they look at it, but if he prescribed you so 900 pills for 3 a day then they are good for 300 days. Depends on how big a script you are talking about too. I do know that regardless it will be in the baby's poop and you'll be fine because you had the script from before but for your blood the script may not be valid. If they are not testing you, I wouldn't worry at all. You had a script for it being in th baby's poop from the beginning so it shouldn't matter.

Hope this helped clear some things up for you.

cassibabezy 1 child; South Carolina 141 posts
10th Nov '07

I would just bring the prescription with me to the hospital, pack it in your bag. and if there are any questions you can always just give the nurse the bottle to show them. Also if you are still having the problem, bring it up at your next appointment. You're doctor would probably give you another script especially if it helps.

user banned 1 child; Boston, Massachusetts 30985 posts
10th Nov '07

they only will test your babyif you meet the criteria.. limited prenatal care, something sketchy in your file. its not a standard newborn test, so you should be fine, i wouldnt even worry about..

ciiera 1 child; Ontario 1673 posts
10th Nov '07

I fractured several ribs and tore the muscles in my side about a month ago. I've been on Tylenol #3 since and they told me that I will likely have to continue taking it until the baby is born because rib injuries take a very long time to heal. The hospital gave me the inital prescription and my doctor has been refilling it since.

I would think that as long as you can prove that it was prescribed to you then it shouldn't be a problem.

cjroberts Due October 6 (boy); 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Oklahoma 723 posts
10th Nov '07

I had a really bad viral infection where I was coughing and hada really bad sore throat and the doctor prescribed me Tylenol 3 to just keep me comfortable until I got better because there wasn't a lot I could take over the counter for the symptoms. He said that codine is safer for you during your pregnancy then over the countermedications likealeve and ibprofin.

*SoMeR~AiDeN* 1 child; Big Spring, Texas 3160 posts
11th Nov '07
Quoting flirtychick84:" they only will test your babyif you meet the criteria.. limited prenatal care, something sketchy in your file. its not a standard newborn test, so you should be fine, i wouldnt even worry about.."

Well, I have been to every single one of my prenatal appointments, found out I was preggo early on(about 3-4 wks pregnant) I have never rescheduled, never missed one! For some reason though, my OB felt the need to drug test meat my very 1st appt. It made me mad, I didnt know anything about it till heasked me at my 2nd appt. why there were opiates in my system, I was like " My teeth have been KILLING me, I went to my family Dr and she gave me a prescription for Tylenol#3" He said it was fine to take, I just didnt like the way they went about testing me, seemed a little sneaky to me....So would they consider this something "sketchy" in my file and use that as a basis to test my babys meconium....

Bailey's Mama 1 child; Texas 1517 posts
11th Nov '07

I live in Houston & before I was pregnant I was smoking weed everynow & then it came up on my drug test but, he told me not to stress over it, they have to do drug tests & alot of patients come up with something that first drug test, THEY HAVE TO DRUG TEST. Some people use heavy drugs during their pregnancy, who would be that stupid I have no clue, he tests me everytime I go in when he checks for protein in my urine. If your not a drug user dont worry about it expecially if he said it's okay to take it. I also took a hydrocodone when I got in my wreck, which was before I saw my doctor also before I knew i was pregnant but, that didnt even come up.



user banned 1 child; Boston, Massachusetts 30985 posts
11th Nov '07

they have to drug test? is that just a texas law, cuz im pretty sure ive never been drug tested at any of my doctors appointments, and im already 25weeks. you need to relax, your doctor knows your history, knows what you have been taking so i honestly dont see why this is such a big issue for you? talk to your doctor about your concerns so you can stop stressing!!

Bailey's Mama 1 child; Texas 1517 posts
11th Nov '07
Quoting flirtychick84:" they have to drug test? is that just a texas law, cuz im pretty sure ive never been drug tested at any ... [snip!] ... i honestly dont see why this is such a big issue for you? talk to your doctor about your concerns so you can stop stressing!!"



I dont know about testing the baby but, they do test the mothers at their apts. This is why when you go to the doctor and fill out those long thick papers [ oh gotta love them! ] they ask you what you have taken in the last 6 weeks.. if you write it down they wont be real concerned with your results. They also ask you what you have been prescribed in the past year.. she should of known this and told her doctor.. if she's prescribed I dont see the big deal honestly..