by laura (5139 Posts), Thu Jun 10, 2004 00:26 am
Danielle--thanks for posting this info! A lot of us complain about the mag, but I think often we lose sight of how well it prevents something worse from happening.
When you had your teeny babe, did they give you any anti-convulsant meds to help keep you from getting worse? In the US, if the doctors think that your preeclampsia is so bad that you may develop seizures (don't they call them "fits" over on that end of the pond? [:)] ) they will give iv magnesium sulfate to prevent preeclampsia from developing into eclampsia. It has some nasty side effects, and you're pretty much bedridden when stuck on it, but it is very effective at preventing seizures.
It's a pretty inexpensive drug, but unfortunately, it's not available everywhere in the world, and many women are needlessly dying from a lack of being treated with magnesium sulfate. That's something that's an international concern- the cost of treating a woman with severe preeclampsia with mag costs only around $5, but still it's not always available. That's so sad, and so unnecessary!
Mom to Alicia (severe PE) 5/98 and Camille (htn, oligo) 4/03