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What AFib medications should be avoided during pregnancy?

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In general, AFib medications that are avoided during pregnancy include:

  • Blood-thinning medications including warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), dabigatran (Pradaxa), rivaroxaban (Xarelto) and apixaban (Eliquis)
  • Antiarrhythmia drugs including amiodarone, which has been linked to babies being born with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Verapamil and diltiazem may raise the odds of birth defects and heart problems.

From: AFib and Pregnancy: What to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “What is atrial fibrillation?”

Journal of the American Heart Association : “Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter in Pregnant Women -- A Population‐Based Study”

Mayo Clinic: “Pregnancy and atrial fibrillation”

Journal of Atrial Fibrillation : “Management of Atrial Fibrillation in Pregnancy.”

JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology : “Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter in Pregnant Women With Heart Disease.”

Medscape: “Atrial Fib Can Raise Risk in Pregnant Women With Structural Heart Disease: Cohort Study.”

Mayo Clinic: “Blood Clots.”

American Heart Association: “Symptoms, Diagnosis & Monitoring of Arrhythmia.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on March 28, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “What is atrial fibrillation?”

Journal of the American Heart Association : “Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter in Pregnant Women -- A Population‐Based Study”

Mayo Clinic: “Pregnancy and atrial fibrillation”

Journal of Atrial Fibrillation : “Management of Atrial Fibrillation in Pregnancy.”

JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology : “Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter in Pregnant Women With Heart Disease.”

Medscape: “Atrial Fib Can Raise Risk in Pregnant Women With Structural Heart Disease: Cohort Study.”

Mayo Clinic: “Blood Clots.”

American Heart Association: “Symptoms, Diagnosis & Monitoring of Arrhythmia.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on March 28, 2019

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