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Is carbamazepine safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?
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Dr. Mohammad Homsi
Neurology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mohammad Homsi
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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Yes
There are definite risks to tegretol: spine defects and problems with the heart and urinary tract can happen along with cleft palate.
There are risks to seizure in pregnancy as well: preterm delivery, fetal death and bleeding after a seizure. Overall, if Carbamazepine is the best medication for your seizures, you should continue it. Only about 4% of babies have problems due to this medicine.

In brief: Yes
There are definite risks to tegretol: spine defects and problems with the heart and urinary tract can happen along with cleft palate.
There are risks to seizure in pregnancy as well: preterm delivery, fetal death and bleeding after a seizure. Overall, if Carbamazepine is the best medication for your seizures, you should continue it. Only about 4% of babies have problems due to this medicine.
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