Category Archives: Pregnancy and Childbirth

Management of psychotropic drugs during pregnancy

Good news – it seems that many of the problems initially thought to be related to taking antidepressants during pregnancy (cardiac problems, autism) are, in fact, probably due to risk factors related to the underlying illness. Since psychiatric illness is … Continue reading

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BMJ 2012: 344: 1 – 58 (4th February)

How safe are SSRIs in pregnancy?  A large linked-register study from the Nordic countries has shown third-trimester use to be associated with a 1.8/1000 risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (a life-threatening condition). Although a recent study, HYVET, … Continue reading

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Prescriber 2011:22(12) (19th June)

Just a few useful snippets this time: One possible treatment for nocturia due to storage symptoms, in LUTS in men, is Furosemide 40 mg at 4 pm.  Gets the fluid out before bedtime. I don’t think I’ve ever in my … Continue reading

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BMJ 2011: 342: 1035 – 1092 (14th May)

It’s official – we can give beta-blockers to COPD patients with CCF.  The benefits outweigh the risks, though we’re meant to give a supervised first dose to minimise risk in those rare patients who do have severe bronchospasm. The main … Continue reading

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BMJ 2010: 314: 1171 – 1226 (4th December)

Not much for me in the research studies this week. About the only possibly useful point was that the people who think measuring BMI in children isn’t helpful may be wrong, at least in 9 – 12-year-olds, in whom it … Continue reading

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Prescriber 21:21, 5th November 2010

Always lots in a Prescriber to report. I do believe the time may have come to use some subheadings: NSAIDs vs. Cox-2s This was a report on the CONDOR trial, which I was pleased to see was aimed at answering … Continue reading

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BMJ 2010: 341: 947 – 1002 (6th November)

If patients come to me concerned about their risk of future bowel cancer, I can now advise them on how to reduce it substantially by appropriate health behaviours. Five factors were all found to make a difference: avoiding smoking, avoiding … Continue reading

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