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    mrs.wrong76 is offline New Member
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    I am a 32 year old woman and trying to get pregnant. I have had moderate High Blood pressure since I was 19 and currently my husband is pushing me to take medication for the condition and every doctor I have gone to prescribes me a class C or D medication. Is there anything out there to treat Hypertension that is not in this grouping that is proven to not cause birth defects?

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    Robert_325 is offline Retired
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    It's a very well known fact that hypertension is a potentially serious problem for both the mother and the fetus durng pregnancy. Hate to be denied the pleasure of having a child simply because the mom to be has HBP. That is so unfair.

    I just checked some of my sources and what I found is that out of alpha blockers, beta blockers and calcium channel blockers, which make up the majority of the most commonly prescribed medications for HBP, it appears that calcium channel blockers seem to have the least recorded problems.

    I saw some decent reports on nifedipine which is a generic of Procardia. Just so happens I take this medication myself and the extended release version of procardia is one of the most symptom-free HBP meds I have ever taken. And I have taken probably almost every HBP med in existence. There are lots of CCBs such norvasc/verapamil, cardizem/diltiazem and others. The most negative info I found was on beta blockers. Alpha blockers didn't really have a lot of history available one way or the other that I could find at least. But again CCBs did seem to have a decent history. They do fall into either the B or C classes of meds you mention though as it has NOT been proven that they DON'T EVER cause problems. That is only what a class A med would do.

    When you look for a class A pregnancy medication (which would be ideal) for high blood pressure I don't think you will find any. Because a class A medication is one that is proven to have no adverse affects on either the mother or the fetus. I beleive that any HBP medication that could be prescribed is going to have SOME potential risk at least just due to the nature of the illness and the stress placed on a female during pregnancy. It's just the nature of the condition along with the seriousness of pregnancy.

    You need to determine what the cause is of your high blood pressure as each of the different classes of HBP meds affect blood vessels differently. We take different classes of meds according to what the problem is causing the HBP. So in some cases calcium channel blockers wouldn't be the right medication even if they do have the best history.

    You are looking for an answer that I don't think exists. Only a class A medication would be one that is proven to NOT cause any problems ever. And I don't believe you will find any blood pressure medication that can make that claim rightfully concerning pregnancy in all cases. Good luck. If you find something contrary please let us know as this could help another mom to be seeking advice. God bless.

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    dusky1228 is offline New Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrs.wrong76 View Post
    I am a 32 year old woman and trying to get pregnant. I have had moderate High Blood pressure since I was 19 and currently my husband is pushing me to take medication for the condition and every doctor I have gone to prescribes me a class C or D medication. Is there anything out there to treat Hypertension that is not in this grouping that is proven to not cause birth defects?

    My suggestion would be to make an appointment with a perinatologist. There are a number of blood pressure meds that are well tested for use during pregnancy, and going to such a physician prior to even getting pregnant will get you on the safest path to the healthiest pregnancy and baby possible. Hypertension *is* a potentially serious problem, and even more so during a pregnancy, but an additional form of hypertension during pregnancy is even more of a problem. It is known as pregnancy-induced hypertension or preeclampsia (used to be known as toxemia). You can have chronic hypertension AND pregnancy-induced hypertension. So the wisest plan is to have your blood pressure evaluated and begin an appropriate treatment before pregnancy begins. In this area, we even have a specialist called a Perinatal Intensivist. This is a critical care/internal medicine MD, who also specializes in high risk pregnancy issues-actually the best of both worlds. If you have a Level III hospital (the highest level of caring for high risk moms and babies)nearby, that would be the place to look. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or message me.

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    Amanda G is offline New Member
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    Are you sure these prescription drugs are bound to harm your fetus? As one of my friends is 25 years old and i have the same disease with you, but my baby has no disability, but the drugs she used I have forgotten! Maybe you can change a more sophisticated doctor to prescribe for you.

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