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Codeine is an opiate typically used for the treatment of mild to moderate pain. The Food and Drug Administration labeled Codeine as a Category C for safety in pregnancy. Category C means that risk cannot be ruled out and that further testing in humans needs to take place through adequate, well-controlled studies. The FDA warns that there is a chance of harm to the fetus if this drug is used during pregnancy. The animal studies on Codeine did not show birth defects, but did show slower development of the bones and other toxic or harmful effects on the fetus. It is best to discuss the use of this drug with your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Updated: 04.15.21

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