Medication for the treatment of gastritis during pregnancy
Throughout pregnancy, women encounter a range of health challenges. Gastritis, characterized by inflammation of the stomach lining, may emerge during this period, resulting in uncomfortable symptoms like stomach pain, heartburn, and general unease. It is important to provide appropriate treatment for gastritis during pregnancy, benefiting not only the mother's well-being but also the health of the unborn child.
Causes of gastritis during pregnancy
The development of gastritis during pregnancy is typically the result of a combination of various factors. The body of the expectant mother undergoes numerous changes during this delicate period, which can affect the digestive system. Among the most common causes of gastritis during pregnancy are hormonal changes, dietary habits, pre-existing conditions, and the intake of medications.
Medications for treating gastritis during pregnancy
Gastritis can continue to be treated using medication during pregnancy. Gastritis can be treated using a range of different medications or active ingredients. You may have questions how safe these medications are during pregnancy:
- Antacids such as Hydrotalcite (Talcid), Magaldrate (Riopan), Sodium bicarbonate (Alkala T), Calcium carbonate (Calcium carbonate Abanta, Fluxan, Rennie), Sodium alginate (Gaviscon), Carbaldrate (Kompensan), Aluminium hydroxide (Liquirit)
- H2 receptor blockers such as Cimetidine (Cimetidine Acis)
- Proton pump inhibitors such as Esomeprazole (Nexium), Omeprazole (Antra MUPS), Pantoprazole (Pantozol, Rifun), Rabeprazole (Pariet), Lansoprazole (Agopton), Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant)
- Sucralfate (Sucrabest)
- Homeopathy remedies like Gastricumeel
Risks of medication for treating gastritis during pregnancy
When gastritis occurs during pregnancy, it is important to rule out potential medication-related side effects as the cause. Some medications, especially the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can cause gastritis as a side effect. Taking NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, during pregnancy carries potential risks. Especially from the 28th week of pregnancy onwards, their use is contraindicated as it can lead to serious complications for the unborn child, such as closure of the ductus arteriosus Botalli and impairment of kidney function. However, there are medications for the treatment of gastritis that are considered safe even during pregnancy.
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