Maalox is not a safe drug for pregnant women, as is sometimes written on the Internet. Maalox major danger is that with prolonged use, it can cause an increased content of mania in the blood of newborn - gipermagniemiya.
Why pregnant women to take Maalox
The main reason for the frequent and sometimes uncontrolled taking Maalox pregnant women is that many of them the whole pregnancy is accompanied by constant heartburn. Particularly severe heartburn develops late in pregnancy.
The main cause of heartburn is the hormonal changes and increased intra-abdominal pressure. Against the background of hormonal changes relax the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, including the sphincter (circular muscle, closing the output of any opening of the hollow body), located between the stomach and esophagus. Increased intra-abdominal pressure contributes to the release of stomach contents into the lumen of the esophagus, causing irritation of its walls and burning sensation - heartburn. During pregnancy may also increase the acidity of gastric juice.
If heartburn is not too worried about a woman, her trying to reduce with a special diet and daily routine. But sometimes it does not help heartburn begins some time after eating and lasts from a few minutes to an hour or more, repeating several times a day, and seeking in any physical exertion.
How to be a pregnant woman, if she had constant heartburn
In this case, many of the women on their own and take Maalox uncontrollably. But it's not right. Maalox during pregnancy can be taken no more than three consecutive days, or is a threat of a newborn baby hypermagnesemia - high content of magnesium in the blood.
The most correct to refer to the complaints of heartburn to the women's clinic physician who has specialized training in the use of drugs in pregnant women. Typically, a physician will recommend non-drug combination of tools and techniques to prescription drugs such as Maalox.
Maalox - a combined preparation, which consists of aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide. Both preparations substantially not absorbed into the blood and act locally in the upper gastrointestinal tract. They reduce gastric acidity, a protective film coated with mucous membranes and is withdrawn from the gastrointestinal tract substances which may have a negative impact on it.
Maalox - is effective, but toxic drug. He does not have teratogenic (causes malformations), mutagenic (causes changes at the genetic level) or embryotoxic (toxic effects on the fetus) action.
However, with prolonged use at high doses Maalox nevertheless enters the bloodstream and it can cause various side effects. One such side effect is the development of hypermagnesemia newborn child. Another side effect is an excess of aluminum in the blood - a reduction in the blood levels of phosphorus, which can adversely affect metabolism
Metabolism: The basis of life of all living things
in the brain and the development of encephalopathy in a pregnant woman.
Symptoms in newborns hypermagnesemia
Gipermagniemiya neonatal develops when administered during pregnancy large doses of drugs containing magnesium, for example, in the treatment of toxicosis second half of pregnancy (gestosis) magnesium sulfate is often used, and in the treatment of heartburn
Heartburn - no cause for concern?
- Drugs possessing alkalizing effect and containing magnesium, including Maalox.
Large concentrations of magnesium in the blood are able to cause peripheral neuromuscular blockade, as the famous Indian poison curare. Gipermagniemiya manifested in different ways, it all depends on the general condition of the newborn and the concentration of magnesium in the blood. First of all, there is almost always central nervous system depression as a weakness, lethargy, weak cry, decreased reflexes and muscle tone, low blood pressure
Blood pressure - dangerous if his swing?
, A rare heart rate, disturbances of consciousness, breathing and cardiac activity. There may come a stop breathing
Stop breathing (apnea) during sleep - upper airway obstruction
Often these children have to be treated in the ICU.
Maalox - a quality drug that produces a reliable pharmaceutical company Gedeon Richter (Hungary). This company has always warned about all, even the most minor side effects of drugs. In particular, she warns about the possible side effects of Maalox during pregnancy.