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What is the SAFEST beta blocker during pregnancy?

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June 26th, 2012, 03:14 PM
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I am 8 weeks pregnant, and have a rapid heart beat. I had it before pregnancy due to thyroid issues, and was on xanax and sometimes a propanolol (beta blocker) to help when I had bad episodes. I would especially need these when increasing my dose of thyroid medication since I am so so so sensitive. It would give me hyperthyroid symptoms for a while until my body became used to the higher dose. Well, since becoming pregnant, I require a higher dose so I now have the fast heart beat again. It gets really bad sometimes! My doctor prescribed me Lebatolol, but I have been taking it and notice that it really doesn't do anything for my heart rate. It just gives me a headache. I understand that it's mostly used for high blood pressure during pregnanct... It's a class C drug...
I've heard of Sotalol, and that one is a class B drug, which sounds safer than the Lebetolol... I just want something that is going to work on my heart rate immediately after I take it, but is safe for my baby!! My husband and I had been trying for 5 years, and finally went through IVF to get pregnant, and finally I am, and am petrified of anything going wrong!!
Anybody else have any experiences with taking beta blockers during pregnancy? If so, which one did you take and did it effect your baby at all? Was it successful in reducing your heart rate?
Thank you!!!
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July 1st, 2012, 12:43 AM
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I've been on labetalol for two pregnancies for chronic hypertension, no effects on the boys that we know of and it keeps my hr at a nice even 70bpm

Lucky mother to five!

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