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04-30-2005, 12:26 PM
Hi my name is Danielle. I am 13 weeks pregnant with my first. My uro told me not to take my Elmiron and other meds, but my OB said that I can take the Elmiron and some other meds. I was recently put in the hospital and my OB said that I really need to take the Elmiron before it gets worse. I just would like to know if anyone has taken Elmiron while pregnant and if so did it hurt the baby or did you have any problems. I am just really scared and could use some advice. Thank you.
04-30-2005, 12:41 PM
This is not my info...but I found this on an archived post.
Just bought the 2004 PDR and wanted to provide you with the information on Elmiron.
"PREGNANCY CATEGORY B
Reproduction studies have been performed in mice and rats with intravenous daily doses of 15 mg/kg, and in rabbits with 7.5 mg/kg. These doses are 0.42 and 0.14 times the daily oral human doses of ELMIRON when normalized to body surface area. These studies did not reveal evidence of impaired fertility or harm to the fetus from ELMIRON. Direct in vitro bathing of cultured mouse embryos with pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS) at a concentration of 1 mg/mL may cause reversible limb bud abnormalities. Adequate and well controlled studies have not been performed in pregnant women. Because animal studies are not always predictive of human response, this drug should be used in pregnancy only if clearly needed."
Hope that helps you and your doctor make any decisions about whether to stay on it or not. At first, my doctor said it was okay and then re-thought his decision when he got to the part about limb bud adnormalities. So, for now, I'm off of it.
05-01-2005, 09:22 AM
i spoke to my gyn about this the last time i was in because i was considering getting a tubal and didnt want to. he said that he has had several patients that were on elmiron throughout their pregnancy and that if i do get pregnant all he would take me off of is my birht control. the babies and mom are fine and healthy. this is just what he told me and i thought i would pass it on. best of luck and congradulations. kd
05-01-2005, 09:41 AM
I talked to both my uro and ob/gyn and they both gave different answers. The uro advised to go off it during pregnancy, but my ob/gyn said she was fine with me taking it during pregnancy. (I'm not pregnant yet, just getting ready to try.) My idea was to try and go off it for the first 3 months, and then get back on it in the 2nd trimester, but I don't know. I may be in a position where I have to take it, depending on how much pain I'm in. (My ob/gyn made the point that you don't want to make yourself worse during pregnancy if at all possible.) It's a tough decision.....
05-02-2005, 12:29 PM
Thank you for all the advice. I am going to make an appointment with my uro and maybe see if there are other options instead of the Elmiron. I heard about Elmiron installments, so maybe that might work. I just really would rather not take anything unless I have to. Good luck KeeKee in trying to become pregnant.
05-03-2005, 03:31 PM
Danielle, my Obgyn also told me to take Elmiron during pregnancy. He has quite a few IC patients and tells all of his pregnant patients to continue taking it. He said it was a s safe as Tylenol(Tylenol being another class B drug) He and his nurses looked at me like I was crazy for considering not taking it.
That said, I have decided not to take it. Because we are not rats, we do not know exactly what it does to our babies. I have had more than my share of pregnancy complaints, but right now my IC isn't bothering me. (17 weeks). It doesn't sound like this is the case with you. If I were in unbearable pain, I may consider taking Elmiron in my second trimester. Because I tend to have preterm contractions(which I believe are brought on by bladder spasms) I am considering going back on Elmiron in my third trimester.
My point is, you have to do what is right for you. Talk to your Doctor, talk to your partner, and perhaps pray about it. I am sure you will do what is right for your own family.
Good luck! :grouphug:
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