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As a peripheral vasodilator, isoxsuprine inhibits contraction of the uterus and is used by I.V. injection to arrest premature labour.  Pregnant women should use it with caution.

Products: Isoxsuprine
For Children: Not indicated
For Pregnant Women: Caution
For Breastfeeding Mothers: Caution
Contra-indications*: Recent arterial haemorrhage
Caution: Hyper-thyroidism

*Not to be used in the conditions stated, because it could cause complications

Effects of Vasodilators Drugs during Pregnancy

Wondering what would be the effects of Vasodilators drugs in your pregnancy? Are you concerned it might have serious effects on the little on developing inside? Here we have tried to answer most of your queries. Please, read along for further information.

Vasodilators drugs help dilating blood vessels, thereby making it easier for the heart to keep pumping blood to the vessels. Vasodilators are suggested when you suffer from a heart failure. Before looking into its effect on pregnancy, let us first look into how the drug can improve symptoms associated with heart failures and why at all they are suggested.

  • Vasodilators dilate coronary arteries that help more blood reach your heart muscles.
  • This drug dilates leg veins, thereby reducing the amount of blood flowing back to the heart.
  • This also dilates the systemic arteries that transfer blood to different parts of your body. This helps reducing some of the work of your heart.
  • The drug dilates pulmonary arteries and thereby reduces the pressure on your heart.
  • Sometimes the Vasodilators are given along with other medications to treat the heart ailments.  Hydralazine is taken together with nitrates as an alternative to ACE inhibitors.
Side Effects You Should be Careful Of

Sure, Vasodilators come with plenty of benefits, but you need to be aware of the side effects associated with its use as well. Since you need to be extra careful during your pregnancy, it is always better to make an informed decision. This is the time when you will want nothing but the best for you and your baby. So, discuss all positives and risks involved in taking a medicine. Take a look at the probable side effects that you might experience with regular intake of this drug:
  • Swelling of your throat, tongue, lips or face.
  • Breathing troubles.
Even if your symptoms are mild, you should make it a point to inform your doctor about your discomforts. Generally, with long time use the side effects tend to wear away, however; you must keep your doctor informed about all changes and improvements you experience with time. You must also be informed that stopping the medicine suddenly too can have adverse effect on your health. So, let your doctor decide what shall be the best for you. You must not quit or start taking the drug suddenly without an obstetrician’s advice.

When to Call the Doctor?

You must immediately call your doctor in the following cases. Take a note:
  • Blurred vision
  • Rashes on your skin
  • Hives
  • Sudden severe headache
  • Light-headedness or feelings of dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Hot flushes
  • Swelling in different parts of the body due to fluid build up.
You must call up the emergency or inform your doctor at the earliest when you experience any or some of these symptoms. He shall suggest you the right solution to help you overcome the discomforts. Please do not trigger the panic button and rely on your doctor completely in such cases. He knows what shall be the best for you.

Check Up Sessions during Pregnancy

Check up sessions during pregnancy constitutes an important part of the treatment procedures. Make sure to visit your doctor regularly and bring up all discomforts or concerns in your mind. It is good to discuss about the different test results and retain a list of medicines you are taking for your pregnancy and heart ailments.

Medicines taken for health ailments can have adverse effects on the development of the foetus. Therefore, it is extremely important to report to your doctor if you are facing any health ailments during pregnancy and take medicines only under your doctor’s supervision. Your obstetrician will always prescribe a medicine which is safe for your pregnancy so avoid self-medication at any cost during your pregnancy.

How do vasodilators work? What will happen if pregnant women take vasodilators? How can pregnant women ensure safety while taking vasodilators? Discuss here.

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Sandeep Hooda.5 years ago
good info. for some common medications....
Ramesh koru.5 years ago
vasodilators should be avoided in pregnancy and after delivery, while breastfeeding
Sabina.5 years ago
nice...keep it up
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