Preeclampsia - Medications
preeclampsia may be used
- Control high blood pressure.
Lowering high blood pressure doesn't prevent preeclampsia from getting worse. That's because high blood pressure is only a symptom of the condition, not a cause.
Your doctor may recommend blood pressure medicine if your blood pressure reaches high levels.
- Prevent seizures. Magnesium sulfate is usually started before delivery and
continued for 24 hours after delivery for women with pregnancy-related seizures
(eclampsia) and those who have moderate to severe
- Speed up fetal lung development. When possible, steroid medicine is given to the mother prior to a premature birth (up to 34
weeks of gestation). This medicine matures the baby's lungs over a 24-hour
period, which lowers the risk of breathing problems after birth.
Blood pressure medicines
Medicines used to control chronic high blood pressure during pregnancy include:
Some high blood pressure medicines are dangerous during pregnancy.3 If you take high blood pressure medicines, talk to your
doctor about the safety of your medicine. Discuss this before you become pregnant or as soon
as you learn you are pregnant. Make sure that your doctor has a complete list
of all medicines that you take.
Other blood pressure medicines that may be used include:
- Hydralazine. This is an
intravenous medicine for quickly lowering severely
high blood pressure during pregnancy.
- Labetalol. It's an
intravenous medicine for quickly lowering severely high blood pressure in the
hospital. It's also an oral medicine for controlling high blood pressure during
Lowering blood pressure too
much or too fast can reduce blood flow to the placenta, causing problems for
the baby. So medicine is reserved for preventing severely high blood pressure
levels that may be life-threatening to you or your baby.