Medication Question ****WARNING****

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Medication Question ****WARNING****
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Sat, 10-08-2011 - 12:05am

I went to the dr today for a checkup on the m/c. I haven't started spotting/bleeding yet. He did an u/s and we saw that the pregnancy has separated from the lining. He thinks the m/c will happen this weekend. I voiced a little concern to him b/c when I had my DS, I hemorrhaged after the birth. I didn't want to hemorrhage at home away from medical help. He asked me if I remember that he gave me some medicine after DS was delivered and I started hemorrhaging, and I said yes. He said he could prescribe that medication to me to take after I had passed the tissue to prevent hemorrhaging. I picked up the medicine today, and it's Misoprostol (Cytotec). It's the second part of the abortion pill that causes contractions. :( I am pro-life, but I know this pregnancy is already over. Has anyone been prescribed this to prevent hemorrhaging? I'm completely torn about this. I know I took it after DS's birth, but I didn't know what it was at the time - and my blood pressure was 74/46, so I wasn't exactly in a position to choose. I'm also afraid that it will prevent me from carrying another pregnancy if it happens quickly after this m/c. I think I may just not take it and hope I don't hemorrhage??

Jennifer

Siggy 05-24-10


Thank you Tan
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Tue, 10-25-2011 - 10:36am
my doc prescribed that same medication for me when i had my MC in july. the u/s clearly showed i was in the middle of a MC but i wasn't passing much tissue, etc. so my doc gave me that rx to help "complete" the MC. she knew full well that we wanted to continue TTC and told us that there is no medical reason for us to wait at all. we started trying again as soon as i ovulated, which was just a couple weeks after our MC.
i, too, am pro-life and had the same struggles with the thought of taking such a medication. but i knew that the pregnancy was already over, as much as i didn't want it to be. i ended up taking the meds (had to take two rounds) and completed the MC a few days later.
sorry for your loss, and i hope you're able to hop back onto the TTC train as soon as you're feeling ready.
di

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Sat, 10-08-2011 - 11:49am

Oh - and DH will be here with me. After my first m/c and the delivery of DS, I wouldn't dare do it alone! It started this morning. :(

Jennifer

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Sat, 10-08-2011 - 10:44am

Thanks ladies. My main concern is the medication causing another m/c if we get pg again right away. It is a struggle for me, b/c I don't want to have that extra blame on myself if something does happen (we blame ourselves enough during a m/c). He did say to take it after I felt like I had passed all of the tissue, so its only purpose would be to contract my uterus enough to seal off where the placenta was attached. I think I just flipped out a bit yesterday when I started researching what it was. Dh told me to stop looking stuff up - lol! I know the Cytotec and the dr helped save my life with my DS, and I definitely agree that I need to do what is necessary to keep me around for my DS and DH. I really appreciate your support - this is such an emotional time already. I guess part of me was concerned b/c I felt like I almost pushed the dr to give it to me. He wasn't really concerned about me hemorrhaging again, but I was, which is why he gave me the Rx.

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Sat, 10-08-2011 - 8:51am

I'm so so sorry for the loss of your baby. I'm also pro-life so I do understand your concern. I've had a few D&C's because I am at such high risk for hemorrhage and each one was a very hard decision for me because to me it felt like it was something akin to an abortion, it took me a really long time to realize that it is NOTHING like an abortion. Cytotec is often used in hemorrhages and is considered just as safe as other medications that do the same thing, you're not using it as an abortificant and it's for your safety which is the important thing now .





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Sat, 10-08-2011 - 8:39am
Why do you think that Misoprostol will prevent you from carrying another pregnancy? If that's your only fear (I'm not entirely sure if your concern is because of a warning/side effect of the medication?), then perhaps it would be best for you and your DH to wait a couple months before TTC again after this m/c.

I'm with Chouli, your health and safety is top priority, as is the need for you to be able to be around to help raise your son. I would follow the doctor's instructions. You really don't want to end up in a situation that could result in too much blood loss or death. Even if you're concerned about it impacting your TTC in the near future, I would choose to take the medication and put TTC on hold for a little while to ensure that your health is not put at risk. Will you have someone there with you at all times until you have completed your miscarriage at home? What happens if you end up with such awful blood loss and you are alone and can't get to the pills to take them if you find that the bleeding is too much? Make sure that you have someone there with you, too. (((HUGS)))

I want to also say that I, too, am pro-life, but I don't think that argument has anything to do with anything in this situation. Your LO has passed away. As for future conceptions, if you aren't trying for a couple months, then I don't think that has anything to do with being pro-life either. You can be pro-life while still preventing pregnancy. KWIM?
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Sat, 10-08-2011 - 7:49am
Your safety comes first now.

I hemorrhaged on the table during my D&C and am glad they gave me whatever it is they did to make sure I didn't die.

Is it something you can take after you see that the bleeding is getting out of hand? That way you don't have to automatically take it.
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