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Old Nov 29th, 2012, 04:00 AM   1
amybe
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Too scared to start Methyldopa, Don't know what to do :-\


Ok so my bp was 160/100 at my 12 week scan so I was told to go to my gp and ask for Methyldopa (A bp reducing medication)..My gp did my bp which was 138/96, So he prescribed me them and told me to buy a bp machine for home monitoring...Well I did research on this drug and I'm terrified, Ladies saying they lost their babies a few weeks starting it, Others saying it makes you very drowsy and sick, So now I'm sat here with a fresh pack and I'm too scared to start them despite me supposed to have started them last night!?! My bp last night was 128/83 and 134/90 this morning which seems ok!! Aaaah, Help I don't know what to do x



 
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Old Nov 29th, 2012, 04:19 AM   2
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It might've been high for other reasons.. Once I went to the practice nurse and my bp was high.. She just got me to come back later to check again, and it was back within normal limits. I find it odd that they would start you on medication based on the results on only one/two measurement. I would go back an discuss this with your doctor. Obviously if your bps are trending high then you probably will need meds as high bp is not good for u or your baby. But your other readings don't look too bad so far. Your bp was maybe high due to worry/stress. But do speak to your doctor.. they may be able to alleviate your fears and jusitify the medication. Xxx



 
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Old Nov 29th, 2012, 04:22 AM   3
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And also try not to worry to much about te scare stories you've read. These women losing their babies after starting it is most likely coincidental and they are trying to find something to blame which is completely natural thing to do after a loss. It's most likely the pregnancies would not have been viable from the start and the medication was not the cause. Xxx



 
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Old Nov 29th, 2012, 05:19 AM   4
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Thank you for your reply!!...I agree with you there, It is easy to blame losing a baby on things like that, I was on anti-biotics for a kidney infection when I miscarried at 6 weeks and I always blamed the tablets, Looking back the pregnancy didn't feel good from the start and my tests were so faint unlike my other two pregnancies...
My gp and midwife have assured me the meds are safe and will benefit me by taking them but darn googling has scared me!!...I have been ordered to take 2 a day but I think I'll start off on 1-a-day and see how I go...I can't cope if they make me drowsy as I have a toddler to look after, I work and I drive so drowsiness won't be good!!...X



 
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Old Nov 29th, 2012, 05:54 AM   5
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Like Dollybird I am surprised they started you on meds after just 2 readings that were done by different practitioners. I know it is scary but methyldopa is considered safe in pregnancy.



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Old Nov 29th, 2012, 05:55 AM   6
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Good. And remember you're 12 weeks so past the hump now. When I had my ectopic I started trying to find things to blame- even found an article about how taking epo can effect implantation so wanted to blame that.. Or wanted to blame the fact I'd had a massage during the tww. But really what happened happened. Nothing I could've done would've changed it xxx



 
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Old Nov 29th, 2012, 06:09 AM   7
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I too find it a little odd they've given me these pills after only 2 high readings and the rest fairly normal :-/ x



 
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Old Nov 29th, 2012, 12:44 PM   8
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Can you go back and ask to be switched to Letrozole? That is what every doctor I have seen has said is safest during pregnancy.



 
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Old Nov 29th, 2012, 13:03 PM   9
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My dr just switched me from Lisinopril to Methyldopa. Your recent bp doesn't seem that high to me, but hey I'm not a dr or medical professional either Maybe have them take it again and verify that you really need bp meds.



 
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Old Nov 29th, 2012, 14:50 PM   10
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Thanks ladies, I don't want to play doctor but I really don't think I need them so I'm not going to take them yet unless it rises and stays up!! Yes is spikes sometimes and I get headachey and dizzy but only one day a week or so!?! Surely pills are not necessary everyday for that??...I really just have a gut feeling I shouldn't take them :-\ X



 
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