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Should my wife take Susten 200 and Ovigyn injections?

Q: My wife is 6 weeks pregnant and the doctors have advised Ovigyn injections (1 every week for 4 weeks). They had also prescribed Susten 200 twice a day for 15 days. We took it for 5 days and then stopped it as advised by another doctor. Should we take Ovigyn (HCG) injections and continue Susten again. The last time my wife had IUD (8 months), she was 32 years old. The tests conducted later showed elevated values of Alkaline Phosphatase (1200), which became normal later. Should we resume Susten 200 and take Ovigyn injections?

A:I presume that current conception leading to pregnancy is normal in nature and not as a result of assisted reproductive technique such as IVF etc. If so, then HCG injections are not indicated. HCG injections are meant for female infertility when ovulation does not take place (this is not the case with your wife), habitual abortion, proven corpus luteum deficiency and in cases where IVF is used. Susten contains a hormone called progesterone. It is to be given ONLY, if there is proven, documented deficiency of this hormone before conception to facilitate pregnancy. It is used in assisted reproductive techniques such as IVF, but never in normal conception. Its side effects include cramps, headache, nausea, depression, nervousness, somnolence, breast changes, weight increase, fluid retention and rarely death of the fetus in uterus. it is prohibited for use during pregnancy. Its use during early pregnancy can lead to birth defects in the baby such as cleft palate, cleft (hare) lip, heart defects. Rare cases of fetal death and spontaneous abortion have been reported in women given progesterone. Therefore Susten is not indicated in your wife’s case. Since now Alkaline phosphatase is normal, there is no cause for concern. The only medicine required in your wife's case is folic acid with iron (such as Fecontin-Z Continus one a day) till delivery.

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