Edarbi and Pregnancy

What Are the Risks of Taking Edarbi When Pregnant?

When used in the second and third trimesters, ARBs like Edarbi can cause potentially serious problems, including death, to the developing baby. Some of the problems reported in fetuses and newborns whose mothers took ARBs or angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors, a similar class of medications) during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy included:
 
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Skull deformities
  • Kidney problems, including kidney failure
  • Death.
 
In addition, low levels of amniotic fluid have been reported in pregnant women who took such medications. Low levels of amniotic fluid can cause further problems in the unborn baby, such as incomplete lung development and deformities of the head and face.
 
Although there is less information available about the use of these medications during the first trimester, some studies have shown that there is a risk for birth defects or other problems, even during the first trimester. It is generally recommended that any such medications be stopped as soon as a woman becomes pregnant.
 
There may be extremely rare instances when Edarbi is the only available option for treatment during pregnancy. In these instances, amniotic fluid levels should be closely monitored. If the levels become low, the drug should be stopped unless it is absolutely necessary for the mother's life.
 

Final Thoughts

Because of the risks, talk to your healthcare provider before becoming pregnant if you are taking Edarbi. If you are pregnant, let your healthcare provider know as soon as possible. He or she will consider both the benefits and risks of taking this drug before making a recommendation in your particular situation. In the majority of cases, you will be given another medication to use during pregnancy.
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