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Does Anticonvulsant Use Cause Spina Bifida
Controversial: But the overall tide of opinion is that the answer is "no." there was laboratory evidence that lsd could cause damage to germ cells - sperm and eggs - even long after it's ingestion. However, studies of this have not yielded consistent results. There are no human studies, and the vast majority of lsd users (esp in pregnancy) use other substances as well. Avoiding any drugs in pregnancy is best. ...Read more
Antiepileptic: Yes, this is something you need to discuss with your ob. Monitoring can be done, to help determine if there are any anomalies.. Do not just stop the medication though, because seizures can cause a bigger problem for the fetus. ...Read more
Data presented on : This site http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/m/pubmed/15023170/ suggest an ?ed risk of congenital abnormalities. Since affected progeny had the same disorders as their fathers, a causal association with an immunosuppressant could not be proven. Please consult your wife's ob-gyn & request a pre-pregnancy visit with a prenatal genetic counselor to assist you in decision-making. ...Read more
Benzodiazepines cause birth defects according to research. Which specific birth defects do they cause?
Cleft lip/palate: A recent British medical Journal did an extensive meta-analysis of all the major studies in benzodiazepines and found a slightly increased risk, about 1.79 x greater risk of cleft lip and palate than the general population...no other major malformations reached clinical significance ...Read more
No.: There are no adequate reports or well-controlled studies in human fetuses. It is unknown whether Risperidone crosses the human placenta. The pregnancy outcomes of women who contacted a teratogen information service and the manufacturer's data after exposure to Risperidone appeared normal. ...Read more
Depends: This depends on how you define it. Meningoceles as they are commonly labeled originate anywhere from the neck down to the base of the spine and involve spina bifida. When a meningocele (bag of meninges) arises from the areas above the spine, it is more often labeled an encephalocoel because it usually has brain and meninges in it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: Spina bifida and occulta an be associated with urinary dysfunction. Incontinence and/or urinary retention can occur. Recommend further evaluation with urologist, urogynecologist or neuro-urologist. Additional testing can clarify causes such as urodynamic testing. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can a single dose of dexamethasone sodium phosphate 24mg taken at 32 weeks pregnancy cause development or neurological delays in my unborn child?
No, a single course : of antenatal steroids is considered to be the least risky and most effective treatment for avoiding breathing problems and other complications in premature babies. One study showed fluctuations in fetal heart rate for 4-7 days & some moms have side effects, but no adverse impact on infant development has been found. ...Read more
Depends: Spina bifida occulta is a congenital skeletal and therefore musculoskeletal abnormality. It is more a predisposing factor, meaning some people will have problems due to it while others will not. One should remain active but try to find activities that do not aggravate or predispose to pain. ...Read more
No: Spina bifida occulta is a mild defect of the spine where some of the bones don't completely fuse together to close the spinal canal. Usually occurring at the very bottom of the spine. This diagnosis is usually incidental. And it just may be a coincidence if a patient has both scoliosis and spina bifida occulta. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does vimpat (lacosamide) and lamictal used for complex partial seizures can cause blackouts after 5 months of use?
Potent agents: Lamictal is a preferred drug for those who specialize in epilepsy, and vimpat, (lacosamide) a terrific add-on med with a good side effect profile. Not sure what you mean by "black-out", whether loss of consciousness or vision. Neither drug causes this, and there is no drug-drug interaction here. Maybe you are having more seizures or even migraine events. Talk to your neurologist about this. ...Read more
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