Heart & Blood Condition

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THE SAFETY OF ATENOLOL DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

THIS MEDICATION CAN CAUSE HARM TO YOUR BABY: Studies suggest atenolol during early pregnancy may increase the risk of low birth weight, intrauterine growth restriction, and small for gestational age. Atenolol exposure near delivery can cause slowed heart rate, respiratory depression, low blood sugar, or low blood pressure in newborns. Nursing infants exposed to atenolol through the mother’s breast milk can develop a slowed heart rate or low blood sugar. Caution is advised when using this medication while nursing an infant. Nursing infants should be monitored for 1-2 days for signs of adverse effects. Other beta-blockers or medications may be recommended over atenolol in mothers who are breastfeeding infants. It is important to weigh the risks versus benefits before using this medication while pregnant or nursing.


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