Post # 1
So this is why I hated being pregnant so much the last time. Prescription drugs wouldn’t exist if people didn’t actually NEED them. I literally had my primary care person who I saw yesterday tell me that “my body will know that I’m pregnant and take care of itself” when she told me to discontinue the prescription prilosec (category C – not proven to be harmful but not proven to be safe) I was on due to being pregnant. I have ulcers and GERD, and she suggested I just take zantac (Category B – perfectly safe). She didn’t want me to take Nexium even though it’s the same category (B) as the Zantac, it’s what I took last pregnancy, and it’s most similar to the prilosec I had to discontinue. This makes NO sense to me. Just because it’s prescription instead of OTC I’m supposed to suffer while I experiment with her stupid Zantac? And really… I didn’t know all my other health problems just went away when I got pregnant… amazing. Needless to say I’m really suffering and she’s not even in the office today to write me a new script.
Is anyone else struggling with prescriptions while pregnant? I can’t be the only one who goes through this…
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Post # 2
If you don’t agree with her more holistic approach, why not find a new doctor? Some people don’t believe that the body needs prescription drugs. If you happen to believe that, go to a medical professional who can actually help you.
Post # 3
I don’t know if it’s because I live in Colorado here, and that mentality is much more common than the part of the Northeast where I’m from, but she is like the third doctor I’ve tried out here, and no one even wants to prescribe my regular migraine medicine when I’m NOT pregnant. I just feel defeated. I’m really hoping there are some other bees who can relate to the difficulties of needing certain medications while pregnant.
Post # 4
Ugh, sorry to hear you’re dealing with this. I haven’t had to fight my doctor about medication, but getting my insurance to pay for Zofran at the rate I was taking it was miserable. Hopefully you can request the medicine you need and she’ll listen. Hope you start feeling better soon!
Post # 5
Sorry you had such terrible nausea! I’m sure she will prescribe it for me… when she’s back in the office tomorrow (and if she doesn’t I’ll get it from my OB), I think I just needed a place to vent in the meantime. Stuff takes 3-4 days to work again once you go off it.
Post # 6
Wow that’s really annoying! I have severe GERD and took Prilosec and every other drug that I could get my hands on for HG and severe horrible reflux through my pregnancy, and I would have punched my health care provider in the face for taking away my precious drugs over that time period! Plus your health care provider’s opinion makes no sense from even a physiological standpoint with respect to reflux in pregnancy. No one took away my drugs, but there was def a lot of judgey judgey for taking them during pregnancy, but I NEEDED them to even maintain the low level of functioning I managed throughout.
Post # 7
I ran into a somewhat related problem with my anti-epileptic medication. I’m not pregnant, but my physicians (yes, multiple physicians) kept trying to take me off of the anticonvulsant (which I kind of need, because, um, it prevents me from having seizures) on the off-chance that I might become pregnant. Pretty much all anti-epileptic drugs are known to cause birth defects, some more likely or more severe than others, so not only is it a case of “this medication is the one that works for me,” but also “it’s not like one of the other options is going to be less of a potential problem.” All of this despite the fact that I have an IUD. And yet, they kept pressing the issue. I told them we weren’t planning on having children. They said various iterations of, “You never know, plans change.” Finally, I said, “Hey, I’m infertile, okay? The IUD is just a backup for peace of mind since as I said, we aren’t planning to have kids, so can we drop it?” That finally shocked them both into leaving me alone about it, but it was very frustrating.
Post # 8
Yeah, the Ulcers I can deal with but the GERD is awful… you know that feeling you get after every meal where you feel like you’re going to throw up? Ugh. Yeah, like I said, I think they’ll give them to me, but the judgey judgey is ridiculous.
Ugh, I’m sorry you had to deal with that, and you’re not even pregnant or planning to be! Wtf? That would have drove me up the wall. It’s like how every time you go to the dr. and need an xray or something they ask you if there’s ANY chance you could be pregnant, and even when you say NO they still force you to pee in a cup so they can do a pregnancy test anyway, LOVE that, haha.