Update and Medication

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Re : Update and Medication

Postby evansmom » Tue Jan 27, 2004 12:10 am

Hi Suzanna, I've been on meds since 29 weeks into preg #1. At the time, my OB figured I had PIH and gave me an Rx for Aldomet 500mg 2x/day. It didn't control my BP all that well, except when I laid on my left side (my non-resting BPs were 150-170/90-100). 3 months postpartum, my dx was changed to chronic hypertension. I was on 3 different meds before they found the right one for me -- atenolol. Originally I was on 50mg, but was able to wean down to 25mg about one year ago. When I found out I was preg w/#2, I freaked out! I was on atenolol, a class D drug. Thank goodness I found this site and the wonderful ladies who have had a positive experience on atenolol. My ob took me off my meds about 10 days ago (I've had the second trimester drop in bp), but says he will put me back on meds if necessary (he prefers labetolol or propranolol, but has not totally ruled out atenolol). I won't hesitate to go back if necessary. I hope your OB finds a safe drug that will work for you. Good luck, and keep us updated!

Lauren 27
DH Jeff
Evan 12-9-01 (PIH @ 29 weeks)
EDD 7-11-04

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Re : Update and Medication

Postby sherry fisher » Tue Jan 27, 2004 11:03 am

Hi Suzanna
My BP's were in the range of yours. 150/90's. I was put on 100mg Labetalol 2 times a day. That did work up until I got into the middle of my second tri. Now I take 200mg twice a day. I actually take 100mg, 6 TID only about 1/2 hr from the first 100. Only because it drops too fast and makes me feel funny. Sometimes I can even get by with taking only that 100mg, and dont have to take the second. Just depends on what kind of day I am having. GOOD LUCK!!!! I guess everyones bod is different, so it will just depend on you!

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#1) Alex 1/1/94-PE
#2) Abbie 12/17/97-PIH
#3 Will 08/03/02-PP PE
#4) EDD: 4/27/04
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Re : Update and Medication

Postby catherine » Tue Jan 27, 2004 10:35 am

Come to think of it... I have no idea what my BP was that pregnancy... but it must have been really LOOOOOWWWWW [;)].

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Lucy (2)Preeclampsia & HELLP
Chloe (7/2/03)
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Re : Update and Medication

Postby catherine » Tue Jan 27, 2004 10:33 am

I've nothing medical to offer here Suzanne, I just wanted to sympathize over the Boston traffic nightmare!!! I just to live in Brighton.. fortunately my OBs office was in Brookline so not so hard to get to from home. However, work was downtown at BUMC on Albany Street, a B-line and bus everyday UGHHHHHH!! I was due to deliver my son at the BI on April 20.... the day of the marathon. My OB suggested that I plan on joining the runners at the junction of Washington Street and Boylston and on being carried along with them down to the hospital[:D][:p], she couldn't think of anymore direct way to go!! In the end I had him a month early and it never came up!!! Can I also say, forget sitting down. While pregnant, I once observed a gentleman with not one but two prosthetic legs get on the B-line train at BU on Commonwealth Ave, and NOBODY got up to give the guy a seat!!! IF I'd been sitting I would have.


Catherine (37)
DH, Dave (40)
Finn (6)
Lucy (2)Preeclampsia & HELLP
Chloe (7/2/03)
http://www.babiesonline.com/babies/f/finngoosensprout

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Re : Update and Medication

Postby akemt » Tue Jan 27, 2004 10:23 am

Suzanne,

There seems to be a fair number of ladies that are pg on here right now that are taking BP medications, hopefully they'll give you some response as to their dosages, etc.

Here is a link that I just found in the "ask the experts" section that discusses the most common types of BP meds used in pregnancy and their pros and cons:
http://www.preeclampsia.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1929

Hope it helps!

Catherine (22)
DH Britton (27)
Emma Margaret (03/02/03) 37 weeks from PIH & oligo
Baby #2 due August 11, 2004

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Update and Medication

Postby suzanne » Tue Jan 27, 2004 10:05 am

Hi, everyone! I wrote an update a week or so ago but it somehow never showed up, so I will write another quick one! It will be quick as I am off to the doctors. I had an appt. last Friday. My BP there was about 140/90, how it's been running most of the time. The nurse did a wonderfully thorough appt., and said at that point she didn't think they would do anything in terms of medication unless the bottom # went over 100. (I am at 9 weeks, had severe PE with my first son, none with the second) However, my OB was out that day and she said she would talk to her when she got back. She got back today and the nurse called and said they probably do want to start me on BP medication, but wanted me to come in today for one more BP check and to decide for sure. My BP has been running a bit better at home (like 135/85 or so). Normal for me non-pregnant is 120/70.

SO, I am worried now about medication. I wonder if other women who are on it could let me know the type, the dosage, whether they have had side effects... or lead me to where that's already been covered here, as I bet it has, but I am feeling so flustered right now I haven't looked the right places!

It's hard going to these last minute appts. I had to call my DH at work to ask him to pick up the boys, and my drs. office is in the city where NO-ONE drives to (we are in the Boston area) so it's public transit to get there usually. I feel like all that is going to make my BP high when I get there...

Thanks for listening! Hope all are feeling good today...




Suzanne (37) and DH Tony (41) + William (9, severe PE, born at 32 weeks) and Freddy (6, fairly typical pregnancy) and Baby (due approx. 8/26/04!)


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