... doctor on Tuesday, its Friday today! I am so scared its my first baby and though I didn't plan this but I won't mind keeping my baby if he or she is gonna be healthy! Plz help, m stressed and don't know what to do!
The FDA uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category D is a classification given to medicines that have been shown to present a risk to the fetus in studies of pregnant women but that may still offer benefits that outweigh the risks that the drug presents. A pregnancy Category D medicine may still be given to a pregnant woman if the doc believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh the risks to the unborn child.
Atripla was given a pregnancy Category D rating due to the efavirenz component of it. Studies in humans have also suggested an increased risk of birth defects due to efavirenz, although more thorough studies are needed before the full risks are known. Neither of the other two active ingredients (emtricitabine and tenofovir) has been shown to cause any problems during pregnancy.
Women should be given a pregnancy test before starting Atripla. In addition, adequate contraception (in order to avoid pregnancy) should be used while a woman is taking Atripla and for 12 weeks after stopping the medication. Adequate contraception must include a barrier method (such as condoms), as hormonal birth control methods (such as birth control pills) may be made less effective by Atripla.
The above has been reported for the med that you are using - Atripla, guess your gynecologist would be the best person to give you advice, maybe seeking help from ER would help.
Take care, best wishes!
- Atripla Information for Consumers
- Atripla Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Atripla (detailed)
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