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Is isentress (raltegravir) safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is isentress (raltegravir) safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Not recommended: Isentress (raltegravir) is used to treat hiv-1 infections. It is a pregnancy category c drug meaning there is not enough data to consider it safe. It has caused deformaties and even fetal death in laboratory animals. Talk to yoiur doctor about its use. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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Is ginseng safe for pregnant women or nursing mothers

Is ginseng safe for pregnant women or nursing mothers

No: There are many types of ginseng -- asian, chinese, siberian, american, etc. But a few types of asian/eastern ginseng have been shown to cause birth defects in animal pregnancies. So...Very high risk for very low reward. ...Read more

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Is isoniazid-rifampin safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is isoniazid-rifampin safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: Isoniazid-rifampin has not been formally assigned to a pregnancy categoy by the fda. Isoniazid-rifampin is only recommended for use during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk. Both of them have been assigned to a pregnancy category c by the fda. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy; however, both of them known to cross the placental barrier and appear in a cord blood. No bf recommen. ...Read more

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Is erbitux safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: Erbitux is a class c medication for pregnancy, meaning it is not considered safe (generally because animal studies have shown adverse fetal effects). It is also considered unsafe for lactation because data suggests high risk of significant adverse effects. Obviously, it is only used in very serious illnesses, but pregnancy should then be avoided and formula feeding would likewise be recommended. ...Read more

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Is dipyridamole drug safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is dipyridamole drug safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: There have been human and animal studies showing that Dipyridamole is safe in pregnancy and when breastfeeding. If you are on this medication, you should continue it until your doctor tells you to stop. ...Read more

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Is there a safe birth control pill while breast feeding?

Is there a safe birth control pill while breast feeding?

Yes: Birth control pills do not affect the quality of breast milk. However, they can diminish breast milk production. Progestin only methods like the minipill, Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) injections, implants, and iuds do not affect breast milk production as much and may be a better option for you if you are breastfeeding. Discuss all options with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is estradiol safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is estradiol safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: Estradiol is a type of hormone made in the ovary. We don't recommend it because it can feminize boy babies (make them look more like girl babies). You should talk to your OB as soon as you find out you are pregnant if you are already taking estradiol. ...Read more

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Is isoniazid safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is isoniazid safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Depends: Isoniazid is a category c medication (not enough data to show baby harming risks in humans and/or limited studies to show baby harming risks in animals) and considered "possibly unsafe" in lactation/breastfeeding. The decision to use any medication must be informed and made after a careful evaluation of the risks and benefits. Only you and your doctor can answer this question. ...Read more

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3.5 months post partum, breastfeeding and using withdrawal method. Is this an effective method of birth control?

3.5 months post partum, breastfeeding and using withdrawal method. Is this an effective method of birth control?

One of the worst: This is one of the least effective birth control methods with about a 20 % failure rate. If you do not want to be pregnant then schedule a visit to discuss all of the many effective contraction options you can choose from ...Read more

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Is chantix safe for women while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is chantix safe for women while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: Chantix is not currently recommended for use in pregnancy as it has not been thoroughly studied. It is category c, and although many medications allowed in pregnancy fall into that category, in the case of Chantix you cannot be assured that it is a safe option during pregnancy or lactation. The nicotine patch may be an acceptable option. ...Read more

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Is evamist safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is evamist safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

No estrogen: Evamist is a estrogen supplement approved for relief of menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes. Unsure why a woman in reproductive years would be using it? Nevertheless should not take it unless advised to for off label use by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is finasteride safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is finasteride safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: Finasteride is absolutely contraindicated in pregnancy due to its ability to interfere with sex organ development in the fetus. I doubt we have data in breastfeeding, as its mostly a drug used in older men. I would avoid it. I'm interested to know what the indication would be for a pregnant woman to need to use finasteride, or even to have an interest in using it. ...Read more

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Is naloxone safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?

Is naloxone safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?

????: Naloxone is a drug used for acute narcotic intoxication, typically given when a person isn't breathing because of overdose. As such, if it were really needed it wouldn't be safe _not_ to use it. ...Read more

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Is carbamazepine safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is carbamazepine safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

No, it is not safe: Carbamazepine is considered a category d in pregnancy, it may be teratogenic or leads to developmental delay in the baby. It is advised to be relapced with an other seizure medications during pregnancy. During nursing babies it should be avoided as it may affects the blood counts in the baby. ...Read more

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Is cilostazol safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Cilostazol: This needs to be addressed with your ob/gyn since you need to weigh benefits vs. Risks. It is pregnancy class c which means it is usually not recommended unless the benefits outweigh the risks. Breastfeeding has not been studied so caution is advised. ...Read more

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Is carbidopa-levodopa safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Discuss with your MD: Pregnancy cat. C. No teratogenic effects were observed in a study in mice receiving up to 20x the maximum recommended human dose but there are no adequate studies in pregnant women. In individual cases Levodopa crossed the human placental barrier, enters the fetus, and is metabolized. In a study of one nursing mother with pd, excretion of Levodopa in human breast milk was reported. Discuss with md. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more