Pregnancy and drugs

Pregnancy and drugs

Pregnancy and drugs

Virtually all drugs cross the barrier and reach the fetus plancentaire.
Certain substances (including alcohol) are particularly dangerous in early pregnancy which is the phase of development of members and internal organs.
Researches on the teratogenic (causing birth defects) drugs are relatively limited.
Not to take risks, most doctors recommend that pregnant women not to take drugs unless medical advice.

The extent and severity of effects produced by a drug depends on the age of the fetus, the power and the dosage of the drug.
Doctors are trying to minimize the prescription of drugs.
Indeed, we still remember the dramatic consequences of thalidomide, a sedative light given to some women in the 50 and 60.
Many of these women gave birth to babies with missing limbs and malformed.
Naturally, some conditions require medical treatment because the effects of the disease could be even more severe than those of the drug.

This is the case of women with epilepsy who should be administered anticonvulsants.
Anticonvulsants carry a risk of malformation of the palate and cleft lip.
In general, avoid benzodiazepines, antibiotics of the tetracycline and chloramphenicol that result in disorders of the dentition.
Synthetic hormones such as progesterone and estrogen are associated with an increased risk of birth defects if taken during the first quarter.
Amphetamines and certain cancer can also cause birth defects.
The vitamin A in high doses is teratogenic.

Therefore, avoid medicines containing them.
Most prescription drugs should be avoided during pregnancy.
Aspirin or vitamins are also dangerous.
Aspirin for action anticoagulant that can cause bleeding.
It also inhibits prostaglandins, hormones that play a role in maintaining pregnancy.

What are the precautions?
Early in pregnancy, consult a physician if medication being asks what the action to take is.
During pregnancy, one must consider that any drug can have an adverse effect on the fetus and not take it unless your doctor has prescribed.
To the extent that we do not know the exact effect of many drugs it is better to stop all taken before pregnancy.
This is particularly true for vitamin A supplements that are stored in the body and can affect even after shutdown.
The breastfeeding also requires close monitoring of medication.
A pregnant woman should always seek medical advice before taking any medicines, even those sold without a prescription such as vitamins, laxatives, cough syrup, medicine against colds, creams.

Care is still
The instructions contained in the boxes of drugs often leads to no prudence, in the absence of evidence.
This means that a neither adverse action nor safety have been proven to the fetus.
The doctor, however, is authorized to prescribe this product to a pregnant woman when it deems necessary.
He must then follow the instructions recognized and usual doses.
It can be pregnant and heal normally.

Advice
It is essential to avoid any self-medication during pregnancy, even with prescription drugs.

Always consult your doctor in case of trouble without him hide a pregnancy, even beginner: bad side effects of drugs are particularly dramatic in the first months.

It can take 20 or 30 years back to assess the toxicity of a drug on pregnancy.
This explains the cautious instructions for use, but does not prohibit the prescription justified.

Few homeopathic or herbal remedies are against-indicated during pregnancy.

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