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beta blockers whilst pregnant


Hello,
I am 37 years old, and was wondering if anyone can be of any assistance with my case.
I have recently been dianosed with partial right sided bundle branch block from an ECG trace, and am due to have an Eco and Holter monitor test in a weeks time, as per my cardiologist (which I have only just been referred to by my OBGYN). My concern is that the cardiologist wants me to start taking beta blocker "Minax" (metoprolol) before he even has the results back from these tests. I am almost 37 weeks gestation now, and have regular episodes of palpations and tachycardia daily. I do not get dizzy, or feel faint, nor do I get chest pain. I am concerned about the effects of the drug on the baby, as I have read it lowers resp rate, HR, BP & Sugars, as well as decreasing spontaneous respirations at birth in the baby. I have read the drug should be stopped 3-4 days pre labour (which I would like to know how we would know that date? as there is no elective birth planned). I am feeling I should request an early casearian (39 weeks) or an induction (if there is no risk of me cardiac arresting) and then start the drugs. I am scared of putting my baby at risk i.e. RDS etc. or having a still born due to altering its haemodynamics.
Would you mind please telling me what real effects I should be concerned or not concerned about with taking this drug. or if you have had any experience which relates to my case.
Thank you for any assistance with this if you can. I have read many journals etc. and they almost all advise against beta blockers in the final stages of gestation.
With kind regards,
K
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Hi Jerry,
Thanks for your comment.
The dose is 1/2 tablet for 4 days (25mg) then full tablet there after.
What concerned me was that the Cardiologist prescibed this drug pre Echo & Holter Testing, only going off an ECG which showed palpitations and slight tachycardia, but without consultation with my OBGYN.  When I asked the Cardiologist if the medication would affect the baby, he snapped saying "only reducing its heart rate a bit" "people take these all through pregnancy, there is nothing to be concerned about".
Not happy with the explaination (or lack there of) I went to MIMS pharmacology referencing and found the side-effects of the drug to be decreased HR, BP, Sugar levels, and possible delayed spontaneous breaths at birth. It also says the drug should be ceased a few days pre labour. Well when do we know that date is??????? We don't.
Thats why I couldn't understand why the Cardiologist would put me on the drug now when I am into week 38 gestation and could go into labour at any time from now on, unless he thought the risk to me is greater than that of the baby. But if that was the case, why didn't he start me on the drug straight away (he has asked me to start the drug in 1 week, but before he would have results fron other tests).
So totally confused...... But since posting these questions I have rung back the Cardiologist and have asked for an explanation, and will also chat with my OBGYN later this week.
I did receive feedback from one expert on this website (under pregnancy 18-35 - they moved it from paediatric cardiology), and he felt there would be little risk to bub, but bub would need to be monitored.
This I will discuss with my OBGYN this week on how they intend to do that.
It is always scary when you get bits of information, and lack there of and are expected to make a decision with lack of knowledge or informed consent.
Every little bit of info I have received from people so far certainly helps to paint the bigger picture.
I thank you for your input too.
Kind Regards
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I have not responded earlier because I do not have any direct experience relative to your question.  

You didn't say what dose level you were prescribed.  If it is a low dose, say 25 mg, then it should have very little chance of side effects.  That said, I assume your cardiologist and your OBGYN are in agreement you should take the medication.  If they are not, then your concern seems well placed.  

I haven't read the side-effects or recommendations on Metoprolol lately, does it have any warnings about use when pregnant?   That is powerful input too.
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