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Birth defects in baby by propecia, effect on baby by asthma medication - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My fiance had his vasectomy reversed two months ago. At that time the doctor told him that we should not try for children for a least six months because my fiance has been taking propecia. The doctor told him that if the drug was still in his system and i got pregnant our child could have severe birth defects. I have heard that women should not touch or take the pills but I didn't know that they could cause birth defects since he was taking them. Is this correct?
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here
User :   Hello Dr.
Doctor :   Propecia does cause birth defects in children
Doctor :   you should avoid having unprotected intercourse while he is on the drug
Doctor :   there many other medications that are also associated with causing birth defects in babies
User :   He stopped taking it in February is that enough time because I believe I am pregnant.
Doctor :   when was your last menstrual period?
User :   The end of March. We had unprotected sex on April 6. This sounds weird but for some reason I just know that I am.
Doctor :   ok. i would suggest you to do these things now
Doctor :   1) wait and see if you get your periods, if the periods are not as your normal periods, get pregnancy test done preferably a blood beta HCG level test
Doctor :   2) get the Propecia levels checked for your fiancee, to see if the drug is still in blood stream
Doctor :   3) in case you get a confirmed result that you are pergnant, and even his blood levels of Propecia is considerably high, then birth defects should be looked for the developing baby
Doctor :   by doing an anomaly scan at about 20-25 weeks gestation
User :   What kind of birth defects are we talking about?
Doctor :   the birth defects arising from this drug is mostly seen in male babies and can range from alopecia to testicular defects
User :   Ok is there some material that I can get about these conditions?
Doctor :   it depends on the tissue type that is been affected by the drug
Doctor :   let me try and give you some links, give me few moments
Doctor :   WWW.WWWW.WW Doctor :   WWW.WWWW.WW Doctor :   these links will tell you about the common birth defects that can happen with various drug use
Doctor :   and also the defect that Propecia can cause
Doctor :   have you followed what i have said?
Doctor :   is there anything else you would like to ask me?
Doctor :   are you there?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   please proceed
User :   I am severly asthmatic too. Will any of the asthma drugs affect the baby?
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   is your asthma related to any allergy or is it there since your childhood?
User :   I was born with it. It runs in my family.
Doctor :   then there are chances that your baby might have it too since it runs in your family
Doctor :   since there is a genetic link and that can be passed on to your baby along with your share of genes
User :   I figured that. At least I have lived it and won't be surprised by it.
Doctor :   if in proper and regular treatment, asthma can be put under control
Doctor :   along with the preventive measures to make sure the attacks are minimised
Doctor :   is there anything else you would like to ask me Sara?
User :   No you've been very helpful. Thank you
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