Too Many Opioids After Cesarean Delivery


Doctors may be overprescribing opioids to women who have had cesarean sections.

Researchers tracked prescriptions and pill use in 179 women discharged from an academic medical center after cesarean delivery. On average, they left the hospital with a prescription for the equivalent of 30 pills containing 5 milligrams of oxycodone or hydrocodone. Then, using interviews, the scientists tracked how much of the medicine they used during the two weeks after discharge. The study is in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Those in the top quarter of opioid use after discharge had consumed more than twice as much of the medicine while they were hospitalized. They were also more likely to have smoked during pregnancy and to have public health insurance, but they did not…

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