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graceadmin
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"antivirals and pregnancy"
 
LAST EDITED ON Jun-28-05 AT 06:38 AM (CDST) by Rajah (admin)
 
Re: Re: 36 wks pregnant update and important question??
Here is Terri's reply to what doses and why for pregnancy

by Terri_Warren_RN_ANP, on 6/27/2005 5:11:14 PM NEW!


The recommended dose, by Zane Brown at UW, is 500 mg twice a day of Valtrex or 400 mg three times a day of acyclovir. The reason is that pregnant women are immunocompromised by their pregnancy and need more medication more often, and also have a high filtration rate, due to high blood volume, and need more medicine on board to accomodate that. The other reason is that with once a day therapy, there are signficant dips in medicine levels. You not want to be laboring and delivering under one of those dips in levels, instead, you would like to keep you drug levels nice and even and fairly high.
There is no indication that there is any concern about these medicines and the baby during the last month of pregnancy. Babies who have suspected HSV are given these medicines to treat herpes.

Terri

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     RE: antivirals and pregnancy Yoshi2me Jul-23-05 2
         message removed graceadmin Sep-12-05 3
             RE: message removed Lynn Feb-08-06 4
                 RE: message removed Yoshi2me Feb-22-06 5
                 RE: message removed mommy2be06 Mar-06-06 6
                     Question for you all WhatNext Jul-08-06 7
                         RE: Question for you all yoshi2me Jul-09-06 8

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Yoshi2me
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Jul-23-05, 11:27 AM (CST)
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2. "RE: antivirals and pregnancy"
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   LAST EDITED ON Jul-23-05 AT 11:28 AM (CDST)
 
>If at all possible you shouldn't be popping pills during
>pregnancy. Try an alternative patented treatment like the
>Cold Sore Eliminator. It works and is much safer while
>pregnant. Check it out at (spam removed)

Now THAT is spam if I ever saw it. lol

First of all.. there is nothing wrong with being on suppressive therapy the last weeks of pregnancy AND each person has to take certain types of pills for different things and sometime this has to happen during pregnancy.

So I really don't know who you think you are telling people "you shouldn't be popping pills during pregnancy."

Angela

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Sorry it took me almost 2 months to notice that message and remove it!! I agree it was an advertisement if I ever saw one!!

grace

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Lynn
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   Grace,
In an earlier post I believe you said your husband does not have HSV. How did you go about getting pregnant? My husband and I are trying to find a way to do this without infecting him. Thanks!


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   >In an earlier post I believe you said your husband does not
>have HSV. How did you go about getting pregnant? My husband
>and I are trying to find a way to do this without infecting
>him. Thanks!

Has your husband ever been tested specifically for herpes? Also, how does he feel about possibly contracting herpes from you?

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mommy2be06
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   Pardon me if I may share my experience. I am fairly in tune with my body, and my husband also isn't HSV+. I just keep monitoring myself for prodromal symptoms, and luckily when I was ovulating, it was a safe time for us.

Listen to your body's cues, and take it from there... most of all, relax and take it easy and enjoy TTC. Stress can, as you probably already know, bring on outbreaks...

I'll be praying for you on your journey...


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   Question,

What have you all been told about giving birth with herpes? I'm not sure that I have ever had any symptoms, no outbreaks that I have known (everytime I thought I had one the doctors said no and tests came up negative, and the tears in my vaginal tissue were attributed to vulvar vestibulitis.)

I have heard that you would want a c-section if you are having a break out at the time,but otherwise that there is nothing to worry about. Still, you can pass the virus even if you are not having a breakout and some people NEVER have break outs and just carry the virus. So can I ever deliver vaginally or should I count on needing a c-section?

WhatNext


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yoshi2me
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Jul-09-06, 10:40 AM (CST)
 
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   >What have you all been told about giving birth with herpes?

It's not a problem at all..


>I'm not sure that I have ever had any symptoms, no outbreaks
>that I have known (everytime I thought I had one the doctors
>said no and tests came up negative, and the tears in my
>vaginal tissue were attributed to vulvar vestibulitis.)

When you say that tests came up negative does that mean that you were tested specifically for herpes simplex virus because testing for herpes is not part of the pre-pregnancy screening process. It's not part of routine std testing either..


>I have heard that you would want a c-section if you are
>having a break out at the time,

Most women go on suppressive therapy so that they don't have to worry about outbreaks or asymptomatic shedding during labor and delivery.


> but otherwise that there is
>nothing to worry about. Still, you can pass the virus even
>if you are not having a breakout and some people NEVER have
>break outs and just carry the virus.

You can not pass the virus unless their is viral activity on the surface of the skin. So the difference is really that some people get outbreaks that they can see or feel and other people do not get outbreaks that they can see or feel. However, both (at some point) would have asymptomatic shedding going on even if there were no outbreaks that they can see or feel.


> So can I ever deliver
> vaginally or should I count on needing a c-section?

I have had herpes for 11 years and I have had two babies since contracting the virus. I never counted on a c-section unless it was absolutely neccessary. I went on suppressive therapy with both of my babies six weeks prior to my due date and everything turned out great. Healthy babies, vaginal deliveries, no complications.. what more can you ask for?

I think if you really research this properly you will find that women with herpes do just fine having babies. It's the women that don't know their status, their doctor doesn't know their status, and those that contract it during the last tri-mester that don't know that they have it are the ones that can run into trouble. That's why it's so important to pre-screen for herpes. But, even more importantly the woman's sexual partner should be pre-screened for herpes as well.

Hope this helps,

Angela


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