TOP
Friday,July 03,2020 17:18 PM
  • Home
  • Health
  • Dear Doctor, I am in a dilemma. I am five months pregnant, and concerned whether I should continue taking my ARVs (Combivir and Efavirenz). I have been on the drugs for over five years, but when

Dear Doctor, I am in a dilemma. I am five months pregnant, and concerned whether I should continue taking my ARVs (Combivir and Efavirenz). I have been on the drugs for over five years, but when

By Vision Reporter

Added 16th May 2011 03:00 AM

USE of Efavirenz during pregnancy is prohibited during the first three months of pregnancy (first trimester) because this is the formative stage of the baby, and the drug is also known to cause developmental defects if used by expectant mothers during this period.

USE of Efavirenz during pregnancy is prohibited during the first three months of pregnancy (first trimester) because this is the formative stage of the baby, and the drug is also known to cause developmental defects if used by expectant mothers during this period.

Dear Doctor,
I am in a dilemma. I am five months pregnant, and concerned whether I should continue taking my ARVs (Combivir and Efavirenz). I have been on the drugs for over five years, but when a friend of mine, who is also on ARVs, visited me, she said I have to stop using the ARVs because her doctor told her that Efavirenz affects the development of the foetus. However, my doctor has refused to change my medication, saying the ARVs are okay. Please advise.
NM.

Dear N.M,
USE of Efavirenz during pregnancy is prohibited during the first three months of pregnancy (first trimester) because this is the formative stage of the baby, and the drug is also known to cause developmental defects if used by expectant mothers during this period.

That is why all women on ARVs are advised to discuss sexual and reproductive health issues with their doctors if they desire to become pregnant or as soon as they realise they are pregnant.

To wait for five or more months after pregnancy then talk about the issue is not advisable. The use of Efavirenz after the first trimester has no known bad effects; then, the baby is fully formed, so you should continue taking your drugs as advised by your doctor.

All drugs must, however, be used with caution during pregnancy because what may be harmless to the mother can affect the baby.

Proper history-taking and examination for possible pregnancy must be done for every woman in the child-bearing age before a drug is prescribed.

Dear Doctor, I am in a dilemma. I am five months pregnant, and concerned whether I should continue taking my ARVs (Combivir and Efavirenz). I have been on the drugs for over five years, but when

Related articles

More From The Author

More From The Author