Risk of neonatal drug withdrawal after intrauterine co-exposure to opioids and psychotropic medications: cohort study

BMJ 2017;358:j3326

This observational cohort study aims to assess the impact of in utero co-exposure to psychotropic medications and opioids on the incidence and severity of neonatal drug withdrawal.  The study concludes that during pregnancy, the use of psychotropic medications in addition to prescription opioids is common, despite a lack of safety data. The current findings suggest that these drugs could further increase the risk and severity of neonatal drug withdrawal.

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