Common prescription medications
- Norco– is a mild narcotic, taken every 4 hours, is useful for more severe pain. It can cause drowsiness and constipation, so using this medication sparingly is advised. Concominent use of a stool softener is recommended.
- Ultram-is a non narcotic pain medication, dosed for every 4-6 hour usage, and will be offered to you if used in the hospital. We advise that this is taken with food or at least 12 oz. of water.
- Motrin– is an anti-inflammatory, non-narcotic medication at a dose of 600-800mg /tablets, to be taken every 6 -8 hours respectively. This medication works very well for swelling, breast and pelvic soreness and uterine cramping.
Note: taking your pain medication at regular intervals works best. Allowing too much time between medication dosing allows your pain to get a head of you. Obviously, try to avoid overmedicating yourself, but usage at recommended time intervals will make the medication work at it’s best.
- All Purpose Nipple Cream– is formulated in the pharmacy, and can be helpful if you have cracked nipples, painful latching or if recommended by a lactation consultant or provider. It is used topically 3-4 times per day, and does not need to be wiped off prior to a future feed by your newborn.