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Is Neo-Mercazole safe in pregnancy?

Tuesday, 02 March 2004
Answered by: Chandra M. Gulhati
Editor,
MIMS,
New Delhi

Q. Will the consumption of NeoMercazole medicine before and during pregnancy affect the pregnancy test and the unborn baby?

A.  Neo-Mercazole (carbimazole) is used in the treatment of hyperthyroidism. If dose is within standard range and the thyroid status of patient is monitored, there is no effect on the unborn baby. In fact the possibility of congenital malformations in babies born to untreated mothers suffering from hyperthyroidism is more than those treated with Neo-Mercazole. In very rare cases, there is possibility of aplasia cutis in neonates. The drug is permitted to be used during pregnancy. Please note that the use of Neo-Mercazole during breast-feeding is not permitted.

A.  Neo-Mercazole (carbimazole) is used in the treatment of hyperthyroidism. If dose is within standard range and the thyroid status of patient is monitored, there is no effect on the unborn baby. In fact the possibility of congenital malformations in babies born to untreated mothers suffering from hyperthyroidism is more than those treated with Neo-Mercazole. In very rare cases, there is possibility of aplasia cutis in neonates. The drug is permitted to be used during pregnancy. Please note that the use of Neo-Mercazole during breast-feeding is not permitted.

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