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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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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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


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Is cilostazol safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

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 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 citalopram safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is citalopram safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

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 more

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Is dorzolamide/timolol safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is dorzolamide/timolol safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Not safe: It is category c meaning that animal studies have shown adverse effects on fetuses, but no human studies have been done. Even less is known about it's effect on lactation. Avoid it during pregnancy and breast-feeding if possible. ...Read more

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Is captopril safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is captopril safe for  women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

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 more

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Is carbatrol safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is carbatrol safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

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 more

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Is dorzolamide safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is dorzolamide safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: Dorzolamide (trusopt) is an eye drop used to treat glaucoma. Although there are no studies to support its safety in pregnancy, trusopt would be a reasonable choice. You can find more information about this subject on the glaucoma research foundation website: http://www.Glaucoma.Org/treatment/glaucoma-and-pregnancy-1.Php. ...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 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 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 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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Is curcumin safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is curcumin safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

NO: Turmeric www.Umm.Edu › medical reference › complementary medicinealthough it is safe to eat foods with turmeric, pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take turmeric supplements. Because turmeric may act like a ... ...Read more

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Is glyburide safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is glyburide safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: Glyburide is sometimes used by some physicians during pregnancy for diabetes but this is not the most standard treatment. Most diabetics requiring medication will be changed to Insulin to control blood sugar during pregnancy. ...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 dilantin-125 safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is dilantin-125 safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

No and yes: Not safe for pregnant women ("possibly hazardous") it is safe during lactation even for the newborn. ...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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Is diltiazem safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

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 more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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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. Alan Bauman
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Finasteride (Definition)

Finasteride ( Proscar and Propecia (finasteride) by merck) is a synthetic type ii 5?-reductase inhibitor. This enzyme converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (dht). Finasteride is approved for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and ...Read more