Effects Of Accidentally Taking Dexamethasone While Pregnant?

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Good afternoon! R nI just drank 0.5mg of dexa but after I drank I tested it turned out to be positive for pregnancy, how is this because it is quite susceptible to pregnant women tm 1, is there any impact on the fetus in the future. Thank you

1 Answer:

Hi ika,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Need to clarify, what is meant by dexamethasone?


Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid class drug that works to treat inflammation. This drug can be used to treat various diseases, ranging from allergies, autoimmune diseases, inflammation, for example in the skin, digestive tract, and various other organ systems. This drug is available in tablets, syrup, injections, and infusions.


In relation to pregnancy, dexamethasone is included in group D when consumed in the first trimester of pregnancy. This means, there are studies that have proven there is a risk to the fetus after taking the drug. This risk to the fetus is caused because the components of this drug can cross the placenta. The risk of side effects that may be caused is that it can be in the form of fetal defects (for example, cleft lip or palate), low birth weight, and so on. However, in some conditions where according to the doctor the benefits produced are far greater than the risk of possible side effects, this drug may be given.


We recommend that, before worrying excessively about the risks that you and your fetus may experience due to consumption of dexamethasone, you should make sure first, whether you are really pregnant or not. Because, without wanting to lower your expectations, a positive testpack does not necessarily mean you are pregnant. It could also, this condition occurs due to inappropriate testpack procedures, urine contaminated by bacteria or drugs, as well as pregnancy disorders, for example ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the womb), wine pregnancy (hydatid mole), and so on.


It is necessary to confirm through an ultrasound examination by a gynecologist to be able to make sure you are really pregnant or not. That way, the possibility of side effects in the fetus related to the dexamethasone consumption that you did before can be further evaluated.


I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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