Is there any side affects for a baby that the mother was taking Tegrital during pregnancy?
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replied September 15th, 2010
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) assigns Tegretol in Pregnancy Category D. This means that there is a risk to the baby, but the benefits of its use may outweigh the risks for some women. A large group of women who use Tegretol during pregnancy have normal, healthy babies. Certain types of defects like birth defects, including spina bifida, head or facial deformities, and heart defects are increased (especially if Tegretol is taken during the first 3 months of pregnancy) but they are still relatively uncommon. The risk of defects occurring is higher for women who take more than one seizure medicine.
About 20% to 35% of women have seizures more often during pregnancy because of changes in hormones or changes in how their seizure medicine is handled by the body; hence it is helpful for the doctor to check the levels of medicine in the blood regularly during pregnancy so that the dosage can be adjusted if necessary.
If you are on Tegretol and pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, then you should talk to your doctor about it. There have also been reports of seizures, breathing problems, vomiting, and diarrhea in newborns whose mothers were taking Tegretol during pregnancy. Hence care during delivery and post delivery should be arranged with presence of neonatologist to handle any immediate complications.
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