So I had my appt this morning and I'm even more frustrated. The on call dr's instructions to add caffeine to my Tylenol w/ Codeine and treat my headache as a migraine did NOT work for me. And my bp didn't go down at all the rest of the weekend (I home monitor my bp three times every day -- lowest since Saturday was this morning at 168/96). At my appt today my bp was 170/100. When my OB came in to talk with me, he took my bp while laying on my left side and it was 135/86, which he said was good. So since my bp lowers when I lay down, he's not concerned. He sent me home with a prescription for Fioricet and said it's probably a migraine.
What do I do? Or really, what can I do? I'm so frustrated because I know something is not right, but my OB has me feeling like my hormones and anxiety are getting the best of me and that I should just follow his orders and go back in next Monday at my next regularly scheduled appt.
And this Fioricet prescription -- while it seems common to be prescribed for tension headaches and migraines, it's a Cat C drug (combination of acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine). My OB says it's "perfectly safe" for me and baby, but when reviewing the side effects on drugs.com, it reads "Barbiturates in general have been reported to readily cross the placental barrier. Withdrawal seizures have been reported in a two day old infant whose mother had taken a butalbital containing drug during the last two months of pregnancy. Butalbital was found in the infant's serum. Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted on butalbital." (http://www.drugs.com/pregnancy/acetamin ... feine.html
) So NOW I'm second-guessing his orders AGAIN and think maybe I shouldn't take it and just continue to suffer through my headache, nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath.
Thanks for reading...