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Doctor insights on: Is It Safe To Take Depakene While Pregnant Or Breastfeeding

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Is it safe to take Dilantin while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take Dilantin while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: But it depends. It may be safer to stay on it than stop if that is the best drug to control seizures. It is a class d drug, meaning there is evidence of fetal risk, but the need to adequately control seizures may outweigh this risk. Discuss this with your doctor. It is considered compatible with breastfeeding by the american academy of pediatrics. ...Read more

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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 it safe to take risperidone while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take risperidone while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Maybe: Resperidone is a very potent medication used for some forms of mental illness. In women who need it, it may need to be taken during pregnancy and they may be counseled to avoid breastfeeding. Bables born to mothers on respiradol may have some withdrawl symptoms at birth. Talk to your doctor before stopping respiradol, or if you are considering pregnancy and you take it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take phenytoin while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take phenytoin while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: Phenytoin use during pregnancy has been associated with many fetal abnormalities including, head and facial abnormalities, brain abnormalities, and development delays. "fetal hydantoin syndrome" is a disorder in infants characterized by many of these abnormalities. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take fazaclo while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take fazaclo while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes and no: I agree with inzer regarding pregnancy . In terms of breast feeding, likely advise against it if possible. There is some literature to indicate med is concentrated in breast milk. Although the infants ability to absorb is unclear, there would be the need for weekly CBC monitoring, seizure risk etc. Breast feeding is great, but a healthy, stable mom and formula would likely be the call here! ...Read more

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Is it safe to take pyridoxine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take pyridoxine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: Pyridoxine, or vitamin b6, is not only safe to take, but it is an important component of your prenatal vitamin make-up. Pyridoxine is crucial to the construction of red blood cells, along with other metabolic functions. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take lorazepam while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take lorazepam while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Risk/benefit: Generally try to avoid in the 1st trimester, though the risk of cleft palate and lip may be less than once thought. Safe in the 2nd and 3rd trimester, with high doses maybe some risk of decreased muscle tone/slowed breathing (rare). There is a risk of preterm labor and low birthweight infants, as well as pre-eclampsia in anxiety disorders. Please see mass general's women's mental health page! ...Read more

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Is it safe to take soludyn while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take soludyn while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No. Talk to your dr.: Soludyn is a tetracycline antibiotic most likely used to treat acne. It is known to cause enamel hypoplasia and bone anomalies in the fetus, therefore not a good idea in pregnancy. Although there are no studies of tetracycline use during nursing, it is excreted in breastmilk, therefore you should avoid taking it while breastfeeding. The good news is that there are other ways to treat acne. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take sabril while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take sabril while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Probably not: Sabril is a category c anticonvulsant. Birth defects have been noted in animals. And it does enter breastmilk. However, if epilepsy is a major problem, the benefits of taking an anticonvulsant for the mother usually outweigh the theoretical risk to the fetus. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take toprol-xl while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take toprol-xl while pregnant or breastfeeding?

OK: As such nothing is safe to take during pregnancy except vitamins. Most of the medications are ok after 1st trimester of pregnancy. Toprol (metoprolol) being a beta-blocker can also slow baby's heart beats and therefore you have to have a real solid reason to take this medication and needs close fu with your OB &gyn. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take procarbazine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take procarbazine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Not recommeded: This is a medication that has some clear issues, especially early in pregnancy and with breast feeding. It can cause abnormalities of the feet, kidneys and the heart if you take it in the first 14 weeks. If you are on this medication, you should talk to your doctor before you get pregnant about coming off. In the second or third trimester, you should talk about if the benefits outweight risks. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take ranitidine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take ranitidine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: Ranitidine, now an over-the-counter product known as zantac, has been well studied in pregnancy. And for good reason! heartburn is very common in the second and third trimesters, so the good news is that OTC ranitidine is considered safe in pregnancy and breast-feeding. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take quinapril-hydrochlorothiazide while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take quinapril-hydrochlorothiazide while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No!: Quinapril can cause birth defects. Please tell your doctor if you are planning a pregnancy so that you can switch to another medication. None of the ace inhibitors are safe in pregnancy (many of them end in "-pril"). Only small amounts are in breastmilk, but i would consider another blood pressure medicine during nursing. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take aloxi while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take aloxi while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: Yes it is safe to take. Like all medications try to avoid unless you really need them. Most of the nausea and vomitting of pregnancy resolves by 8 to 10 weeks. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take phenobarbital while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes & no: Phenobarbital is considered a category d drug during pregnancy primarily because of the withdrawal syndrome newborns go through at birth. That said it is less worrisome than some anti-convulsants. Choice to continue should be made in consultation with treating physicians. Use in lactation is relatively safe, yet baby gets about 1/4 of mom's dose & sedation or withdrawal problems can be seen. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take renagel while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take renagel while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Renajel absorption: You can take renajel while pregnant or while you are breast feeding because it is not absorbed from the intestine into your blood stream. It is used to bind phosphorus (p) in the intestine to prevent high p levels from developing in the blood of patients with advanced kidney disease of those on dialysis. If you are taking it after meals, have a physician check your p level in your blood. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take nisldipine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Category C: Nisoldipine carries a pregnancy category c warning. This means it is dangerous to fetal animals but has no data in humans. Therefore, its use is left up to the discretion of the prescribing doctor and patient. Talk to your obstetrician about its use and alternatives if needed. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take sanctura while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take sanctura while pregnant or breastfeeding?

SANCTURA: You would have to read the insert or ask a pharmacist. No labeled warning though. ...Read more

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Valproic Acid (Definition)

Valproic acid was the first product followed by valproex sodium (depakote, far less toxic). A drug approved by fda to treat migraine and/or epilepsy, and often used in psychiatry in addition. Very potent and valuable agent in view of broad spectrum benefits, but side effects and ...Read more


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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