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Is Diltiazem Safe For Women Who Are Pregnant Or Breastfeeding
Maybe not: As a general rule of thumb it is best to keep medication use to a minimum during pregnacy and lactation. Diltiazem was given a pregnancy category c rating because of potential problems in animal studies. When given to pregnant rabbits, mice, and rats, Diltiazem caused an increased risk of miscarriages and birth defects (especially skeletal problems). But animals are not always the same as humans. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Yes: While i don't feel comfortable saying medications are "safe" during breastfeeding ("compatible" is better), based on limited data, the amounts of Diltiazem ingested by the infant are small and would not be expected to cause any adverse effects in breastfed infants. For any questions on medications and breastfeeding, lactmed is a great resource. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
yes: I couldn't find any data on what percentage, if any systemic absorption occurs with Diltiazem cream, however, oral Diltiazem (which obviously has systemic effects) is considered safe for lactating women. ...Read more
Uncertain: Although the use of dandelion root has been use in alternative therapy for years there are no definitive studies indicating safety. There are also no definitive medical benefits proven in the scientific literature. Some beleive it may help with milk production. Without good evidence of safety or known health benefits it would irresponsible to recommend it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: This is usually used for seizures. There are associated birth defects with it. However, not taking the drug and risking a seizure while pregnant is also problematic for mother and baby. If you need to be on this medication then you should take extra Folic Acid and will need some extra vitamin K during the last month of the pregnancy. It is ok with breastfeeding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually: I agree with dr. Crystal's reference, but come to a different conclusion. This is a risk-benefit decision must be made between yourself and your physician. The majority of the data indicate citalopram is likely safe is breastfeeding as well as pregnancy. A resource that puts this into context is: http://www.Womensmentalhealth.Org/specialty-clinics/psychiatric-disorders-during-pregnancy/. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Ace inhibitors are not advised for use in treatment of hypertension during pregnancy due to their association with significant birth defects. Alternative medications that are safe in pregnancy should be used for treatment of preexisting hypertension during pregnancy. All treatment plans should be individualized between a woman, her ob/gyn, and possibly cardiologist and/or perinatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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