More on Medications in Pregnancy

2012-04-01 / Women's Health / Comments Off on More on Medications in PregnancyComments

Last week, I talked about drugs and medications in pregnancy including over-the-counter remedies, birth control pills accidentally taken while pregnant, and epilepsy medicine. This week I will touch on high blood pressure medications, psychiatric drugs and herbal remedies. As I’ve said before, there are many books devoted to this topic and each medication comes with a packet of information, including facts about its effects in pregnancy.
High blood pressure is pretty common in pregnancy and there are a number of medications used to treat it. A category of drugs called ACE inhibitors should not be taken at any time during pregnancy. When taken in the first trimester, ACE inhibitors may cause malformation of the baby’s kidneys. Taken in the second and third trimester, it can cause the baby’s kidneys to shut down entirely. Read the rest of this entry »

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Club Drugs Are Nothing to Rave About

2012-02-15 / Women's Health / Comments Off on Club Drugs Are Nothing to Rave AboutComments

Think for a moment what ecstasy means to you — a homework-free weekend, a great vacation, maybe a romantic evening? Unfortunately, for more and more teens ecstasy means the club drug Ecstasy — a stimulant used to enhance pleasure and energy but that may have dangerous, even deadly, effects.
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Obesity a Barrier to Breast, Cervical Screening

2012-02-06 / Women's Health / Comments Off on Obesity a Barrier to Breast, Cervical ScreeningComments

Researchers from the Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center surveyed 11,435 women to determine whether being overweight is associated with lower reported rates of screening with Pap smears and mammography.

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