Thoughts on Asthma Medication and Pregnancy
By Diana Statham
An asthma patient has particularly sensitive air passages, or
airways, resulting in difficult breathing for the patient when
these air passages are irritated from an introduced substance or
Asthma medications frequently need to be reviewed by a patient's
physician in order to ensure that the medication continues to be
effective for the patient in controlling and preventing the
onset of asthma attacks. Your guide to asthma, symptoms, causes, treatment and more.
Many patients will require not just a preventative or reactive
medication, but a tailored combination of both types of
medications in order to provide them with maximum relief from
their illness. Most physicians agree that the desired outcome it
to get the maximum relief from the minimum amount of medication.
There is currently no cure available for asthma, however new
discoveries in the medical research field are increasing the
medications and techniques used to monitor and treat asthma in
patients with the disease.
Among both children and adults, asthma is one of the most common
chronic illnesses in countries including the United States and
much of Europe. Because asthma is considered a chronic illness,
treatment regimens for patients must be followed accordingly in
order to reduce the affects and ongoing health problems that can
result from mismanagement of the condition.
Pregnant women who suffer from asthma need to monitor and treat
their asthma correctly, not only for their own health but for
that of their unborn child. It is perhaps never more important
for a woman asthmatic to stay in touch with their treating
physician than when they are pregnant.
Although there is much concern of the safety of medications
taken during pregnancy, most of the commonly used asthma
medications have been proven to be both safe and effective.
Although no new asthma medications (or other medications, for
that matter) will ever undergo direct testing on pregnant women
due to the serious risks and implications facing the developing
Some asthma medications have proven through repeated usage over
many years, that they are not only effective in treating asthma
and safe for the unborn child, but also that they provide
protection of the unborn child from afflictions like oxygen
deprivation that might occur as a result of the mother's asthma
Physicians and researchers agree that it is imperative for
pregnant women to continue their treatment plan for their
asthma. There is no risk associated with treatment medications
that is large enough to counteract the benefits to the unborn
baby as a result of keeping its mother healthy.
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