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Pregnant, itching in hands and legs. Can Omancortil be taken without side effects?

Q : hello Doctor , I am 38 weeks pregnant,i have developed severe itching in my hands and legs .I consulted a skin specialist and have been advised to take atarax 25 mg and omnacortil 5mg twice a day for 7 days.Please advise if omnacortil 5mg can be taken safely as it is a steroid .Will it affect the baby or does it have any side effects ?
Asked On : Fri, 12 Oct 2012
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Hello, I would be happy to help you.

You skin specialist is not an OB/GYN nor do they have any idea what they are dealing with in a woman who is pregnant with your symptoms. Itching of the hands can be a sign of "cholestasis of pregnancy" and carries with it serious risks to the fetus.

You must contact your OB/GYN and describe these symptoms and get the appropriate workup for this potential problem!

Please seek help!
Answered: Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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