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Does chloral hydrate affect fetus?
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Yes - avoid it!
There are no adequate reports or well-controlled studies in human fetuses.
Chronic use during pregnancy may result in neonatal withdrawal, suggesting placental transfer. Rodent teratogenicity studies have apparently not been performed. Equine studies suggest a higher frequency of miscarriage after chloral hydrate.

In brief: Yes - avoid it!
There are no adequate reports or well-controlled studies in human fetuses.
Chronic use during pregnancy may result in neonatal withdrawal, suggesting placental transfer. Rodent teratogenicity studies have apparently not been performed. Equine studies suggest a higher frequency of miscarriage after chloral hydrate.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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