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On propanolol. Got pregnant. Advised to stop medication. Worried about the damage done to the baby

hi i have just found out im pregnant and i have been on propranolol for few months .went to doctors today on my first appointmment and she told me to stop take them strait away. im really worry now in case i have done a damage to my baby . i am only four weeks pregnant now but i have lost 1 baby last year and dont want anything happen again .
Asked On : Thu, 23 Aug 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Propranolol has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA. Some animal studies using high doses have revealed evidence of embryotoxicity. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Propranolol has been given during pregnancy to treat both maternal and fetal conditions without evidence of teratogenicity. However, fetal and neonatal adverse effects are reported and should be monitored. Propranolol should only be given during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.
You are worrying unnecessarily regarding the damage to your child as chances of this happening is as good as rare.
Doctor is adopting a safety route and that's why he has stopped propranolol in you.
There is lot of information regarding this on Internet and you can go through that so that you can get mental comfort from it.
Answered: Thu, 23 Aug 2012
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OBGYN Dr. Kulsoom Qureshi's  Response
Hi algetheqiiri,
Thanks for writing in.
No, I don't think it would have done any damage since you have stopped it too early. Just relax & be stress free to welcome a healthy baby.
Just discuss with your doctor if any alternative is required.
Best of luck.
Take care.
Answered: Thu, 23 Aug 2012
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