Ventolin during pregnancy: is it dangerous?

29 Oct


If you are wondering about the side effect of your Ventolin inhaler on your unborn baby, you may probably be preggers and you are an asthmatic, certainly. Your concern is quite understandable, as the most modest list of side effects that Ventolin may cause includes coughing, head pain, temporary increasing heart rhythm, problem sleeping, nervousness and irritability, palpitations, flushing, restlessness, sore throat (frequently dry and irritated), nausea, and many other signs. It is not surprising that using Ventolin inhaler a woman may expose to unnecessary risk her unborn foetus.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a five-categories gradation of medications according to the degree of secondary effects severity they can cause in unborn babies. According to this system the safest drugs get the category A and the most dangerous for a foetus and contraindicated for using by pregnant women belong to the category X of the system. Speaking about Ventolin, the FDA has given to this medication category C of danger for a foetus. This means that the remedy has been tested on pregnant animals but not on humans. Given a dose of Ventolin, pregnant animals had litter with various abnormalities. The most common of them were cleft palate and brain and/or skull abnormalities. That’s why using of a Ventolin inhaler a woman is expected to have some foetus defects, though possibly not so serious. We should keep in mind that animals and humans have different response to one and the same medication or do not have it at all. It doesn’t mean that you should not take it. If you use Ventolin inhaler and got pregnant while treating your asthma with this drug, your doctor should know it. It is possible that your asthma and/or pregnancy condition will require the Ventolin dose to be adjusted in accordance with your state. But recently healthcare professionals try to avoid discontinuation of Ventolin, because the remedy that belongs to the class of bronchodilators is vitally necessary when a person is taken aback by an asthma attack. More than that, the active component of Ventolin, Albuterol, is widely used for treating of such disorders as premature birth and thus it cannot do a lot of harm to the foetus. On the other hand, scientists say that the use of Ventolin inhaler may become a reason for increased blood pressure and unusual heartbeat in the unborn baby. Anyway, before taking or discarding Ventolin, discuss this moment with your doctor and follow the given recommendations carefully. Try not to take seriously all the advices of other pregnant women. Everyone should follow only individual treatment plan during pregnancy to avoid unnecessary risks for the foetus.