Drug therapy is an effective, proven way to moderate blood pressure during pregnancy, though care must be used in selecting and administering drugs. Because drug therapy during pregnancy can carry risks for both the mother and the baby, it is usually reserved for use only in cases where the blood pressure is very high, typically >150/100 mmHg.
For short term therapy, the drugs most often chosen are:
•Labetalol – a beta blocker
•Sustained release nifedipine – a calcium channel blocker
•Immediate release nicardipine – a calcium channel blocker
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