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Effects of medication on fetus

By Anonymous January 24, 2011 - 12:22pm
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Upon finding out I was pregnant two weeks ago I ceased all medications I had been taking following a traumatic car accident just over a year ago. I have yet to see my OBGYN but cannot sleep for worry as to the effects these meds may have (will) have had on the fetus. I was prescribed the following: tramadol, gabapentin, onycodone(took rarely), cymbalta, ambien, keppra as well as aspirin. It is possible I am as far as 12 weeks gone. Are there tests available at this stage that can discern any abnormalities. I realize I need to see my doctor ASAP but this proving difficult due to insurance issues.

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Many women are worried about what medications, drugs (including alcohol or nicotine) or other activities they engaged in while they were pregnant...in the weeks before they knew they were pregnant.

It is important to first call your prescribing doctor--the doctor(s) who prescribed all of these medications--and let them know you are pregnant, not sure how far along, and how to begin gradually taking yourself off of medications. It can be potentially dangerous to abruptly stop medications, and you need to talk with your doctor before stopping prescription treatment.

Second, if you are not able to talk with an OB/GYN, you can look up your individual prescriptions and medications at: OTIS. If you do not see your specific medication listed, you can call their toll free number and talk with a teratology information specialist at: 1-866-626-6847.

January 25, 2011 - 12:05pm
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