Medical Questions > General Forum Topics > General Q and A Forum

Propylthiouracil use during pregnancy

User Profile
When did I concieve? Least period 10/25/08
Is taking PTU while I'm pregnant okay?


Did you find this post helpful?
|

User Profile
replied December 4th, 2008
General Q and A Answer A5041
Current medical status: hyperthyroid
Current medical treatment: PTU (10 Tablets)


Assuming that the normal length of your menstrual cycle is always 28 days, you might have conceived if an intercourse happened on 08 november.


Propylthiouracil causes mild hypothyroidism when the drug is used close to term. Use of PTU early in pregnancy does not produce fetal goiter because the fetal thyroid does not begin hormone production until approximately the 11th or 12th week of gestation.


However, there are studies in which congenital anomalies have been reported in newborns exposed to propylthiouracil in utero. The data is not sufficient to determine the significance, because other medications were taken and other medical conditions were present in the patients.


When compared to other drugs given for hyperthyroidism, propylthiouracil shows lowest levels of transplacental passage and is considered the drug of choice for the medical treatment of hyperthyroidism during pregnancy. If the medication has to be taken, the usage should be under strict supervision by an endocrinologist and gynecologist.


|
Did you find this post helpful?
Must Read
Chronic pain affects more than 70 million Americans. But what is pain? And how can pain management help relieve different types of pain? Basic facts here....
How does the nervous system work to register pain? And what are the major causes of acute and chronic pain? Plus, who's at risk of pain here....
Acute and chronic pain manifest different symptoms. Learn the difference here and know when to seek medical help for pain....
DISCLAIMER: "Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals. For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our medical experts page. You may also visit our General Q and A , for moderated patient to patient support and information.

The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician. Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.