What Helps With Gastritis While Pregnant

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Gastritis medications (if appropriate)

Sometimes the use of medical intervention for gastritis during pregnancy is inevitable. For examples, if you have severe gastritis or if the disease is caused by bacterial infection.

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Unfortunately, treating the disease could be tricky, because some gastritis medications (such as antibiotics and acid suppressing medications) also carry potential risks for pregnancy. But if the disease is left untreated, it may persist or take longer to heal, which could be more risky for you and your baby health.

The good news, there are some types of antibiotics that can be used safely during pregnancy. The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have released classes of lowest and highest risky medications for pregnancy. The classes are A, B, C, D, and X. Drugs within class A are relatively safer for use in pregnancy, whereas drugs within class X are highest risky medications for pregnant women [4]. Improper use of antibiotics, especially antibiotics defined within class X, might increase the risk of birth defect.

Acid suppressing medications might also cause increased risk of pregnancy complications, though they’re generally safe for most pregnant women [5]. A systematic review of study found that they might increase the risk of asthma in children.

The study found that the risk of asthma in children increased by about 57 % when mother took H2 blockers during pregnancy, and by about 34 % with proton pump inhibitors. “Although this study is not ‘final’ yet (further studies are required), use anti-suppressing medications carefully when pregnant,” said Dr. Huahao Shen, a senior author and professor at the Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Hangzhou, China.

Furthermore, safety depends on other factors such as; when you take the medicine during pregnancy, dosage, and how long you take it.

In general, any medications you have to take when pregnant must provide benefits that outweigh the risks. To keep safe, use prescription medications to treat gastritis! Your doctor can help prescribe the best ones and at lowest dose possible to effectively treat the disease.

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