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    [PREGNANCY]

    Author: CHRISTINE CROMBIE (---.cache.pol.co.uk)

    Date: 06-04-02 17:36

    JUST ASKING IF ANYONE HAS INFO ON HOW MY DRUGS FOR HCM,AMIODARONE,WARFRIN TO THIN BLOOD AND BETA BLOCKER ATENALOL WOULD AFFECT PREGNANCY, DOCTORS NOT TO CLEAR NEVER GET A STRAIGHT ANSWER.AM 28 YEARS OLD AND WOULD LIKE A FAMILY BUT I JUST DONT KNOW. IF ANYONE COULD HELP IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU.

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    [Re: PREGNANCY]

    Author: Board Moderator--Sarah Beckley (---.dsl.mindspring.com)

    Date: 06-04-02 21:47

    Dear Christine,

    Please call the office at 973-983-7429 to get the name of an HCM specialist who can advise you properly on your ability to have children.

    All of the below is from Harvard Medical School's web site (intelihealth.com drug resource center):

    Amiodarone has been shown to cause thyroid problems in babies whose mothers took amiodarone when pregnant. In addition, there is concern that amiodarone could cause slow heartbeat in the newborn. However, this medicine may be needed in serious situations that threaten the mother's life. Be sure you have discussed this with your doctor before taking this medicine.

    Coumadin: Anticoagulants may cause birth defects. They may also cause other problems affecting the physical or mental growth of the fetus or newborn baby. In addition, use of this medicine during the last 6 months of pregnancy may increase the chance of severe, possibly fatal, bleeding in the fetus. If taken during the last few weeks of pregnancy, anticoagulants may cause severe bleeding in both the fetus and the mother before or during delivery and in the newborn infant.

    Do not begin taking this medicine during pregnancy, and do not become pregnant while taking it , unless you have first discussed the possible effects of this medicine with your doctor. Also, if you suspect that you may be pregnant and you are already taking an anticoagulant, check with your doctor at once. Your doctor may suggest that you take a different anticoagulant that is less likely to harm the fetus or the newborn infant during all or part of your pregnancy. Anticoagulants may also cause severe bleeding in the mother if taken soon after the baby is born.

    Atenolol: Use of some beta-blockers during pregnancy has been associated with low blood sugar, breathing problems, a lower heart rate, and low blood pressure in the newborn infant. Other reports have not shown unwanted effects on the newborn infant.

    I'm sorry that your doctor's haven't been straight with you. I highly recommend seeing an HCM specialist to evaluate your ability to have kids properly.

    best wishes,

    Sarah

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    [Re: PREGNANCY]

    Author: lisa (208.47.172.---)

    Date: 06-05-02 11:00

    HI,

    What drugs are you currently taking? Lets start there and work forward. Just to let you know, I had my daughter nearly 7 years ago and remained on my beta blocker and siezure medication the entire time, she is JUST fine... and so am I.

    let me know the meds and I will get back to you.

    Lisa Salberg

    HCMA
    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.

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