Did the pain medication make you itch?

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Registered: 07-31-2005
Did the pain medication make you itch?
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Tue, 05-19-2009 - 5:55am

I'm due to have my third cesarean on 22nd June, and will meet with the anaethetist (sp?) to discuss the procedure. I experienced severe itching from the meds they gave me following the last cesarean.

Has anyone experienced this? Do you know of any alternative medication that would not make me itch?

Thanks

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Registered: 01-07-2009
Wed, 05-20-2009 - 3:48pm
I had this too. It was the morphine in the spinal that caused it. I didn't have this with my first. I had demoral with that one instead? Can you ask the dr. if you have options?
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Registered: 01-13-2009
Thu, 05-21-2009 - 8:03am

I had major itching from the morphine in the epidural with my c-section 5 yrs ago and I 'm not sure if there is another drug that they can use instead, but I definately plan on asking for an alternative.

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Registered: 03-18-2009
Mon, 05-25-2009 - 9:13pm
I do believe that there is an alternative, but I do not know what it is called... can you post it back here if the doctor lets you know what it is?
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Wed, 06-24-2009 - 10:28pm
You dont' even NEED to have and narcotic in the spinal/epidural for it to work...the local anesthetic is what really numbs you up for the section...the Morphine is to help with pain control after the section.
 

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Registered: 03-18-2009
Mon, 06-29-2009 - 11:36pm
What did you find out? Is there an alternative!?
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Registered: 07-31-2005
Tue, 06-30-2009 - 5:09am

I spoke at length with the Anaesthetists and they advised that they can add medication to limit the itching.

So I went ahead with the morphine, however did not have any introduced with the spinal, rather went with the PCA (pump).

There was no itching, however I did throw up each time the morphine was released, so in the end they stopped the morphine and put me on a synthetic morphine substitute (orally) called Oxycodone which is available under two brand names, OxyNorm and OxyContin. This worked like a dream, I had no itching or side effects and no pain. It apparently shouldn't be used when breastfeeding, but I only needed it for 24 hours and didn't see any ill effects in bubba.

Once the morphine was switched off (within 8 hours of the operation) it went very smoothly and I have very limited twinges of pain on day 8 today, despite only taking diclophenic sodium (voltaren).

So really felt it was worth following up and delighted with the outcome (particularly our darling daughter!).