A 34-year-old male asked:
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fertility doctor prescribed dexamethadone to prevent miscarriage. my wife has been on the drug for a week. we found research that concerned us concerning birth defects with the drug. any thoughts?

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Dr. Amr Azim
Dr. Amr Azim answered
29 years experience Fertility Medicine
Generally disagree: Dexamethazone does not prevent miscarriage, with very few exceptions. The question is was a specific cause for miscarriage identified, if so what is it? In the absence of a specific diagnosis, dexamethazone is definitely not indicated as an empiric medicine to prevent miscarriage. Dexamethazone is not proven to cause any birth defects.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience Endocrinology
Need more details: Don't know why your wife was given dexamethasone, but don't stop it suddenly without discussing w/your doctor. Don't believe all you read during your research without discussing that as well.
Answered on Apr 9, 2020
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Dr. Liza Kunz
Dr. Liza Kunz answered
20 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Proven benefit?: There are many fertility doctors who have regimens that they believe get women pregnant. If you know someone who has gotten pregnant with their assistance, they are a god send. But there is little to known data to prove the efficacy of some regimens, Dexamethasone included. While i think the chance of it causing a birth defect is quite low, i can't say it will help.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014

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