Vemcaine Pregnancy

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Pregnancy of Vemcaine in details

Pregnancy is always a special situation where every action or side effect of the drug varies when compared to a situation of a non-pregnant patient. It is not only because the pregnant woman's metabolism differs due to the hormonal and other changes happened to her, but also because every medicine or its metabolite passes to the baby and shows its action there. The only thing is, be cautious, attentive and well supervised when you take any single drug in pregnancy. The interactions can vary in pregnancy, and the dosage may differ as well. Strict supervision of the Physician is mandatory.

Vemcaine has been assigned to pregnancy category B by the FDA. Animal studies have failed to reveal evidence of fetal harm. There are no controlled data in human pregnancies. Use in labor and delivery may result in fetal and neonatal toxicity. Vemcaine should only be given during pregnancy and in labor and delivery when need has been clearly established.

Vemcaine rapidly crosses the human placenta. Data have revealed that the average umbilical cord to plasma concentration ratio ranges from 0.5 to 0.7. The free fraction of Vemcaine in neonates may be higher than in the mother due to decreased plasma protein binding. Decreased Apgar scores, apnea, fixed and dilated pupils, hypotonia, and seizures have been reported in some neonates whose serum levels were 2.5 mg/L or more. Some data have shown that neonates whose mothers received continuous Vemcaine epidural anesthetic blocks had decreased muscle tone relative to neonates whose mothers received placebo. Other data have not supported this association. The placental transfer of Vemcaine after prolonged continuous maternal IV administration has been described. After 14.1 g of Vemcaine (50 mg/hr for 282 hours), the umbilical vein/maternal vein Vemcaine concentration ratio averaged 0.52 (average maternal and umbilical vein concentrations of 1.6 and 0.83 mcg/mL, respectively). These data are similar to those described after shorter periods of administration of Vemcaine during labor. The Collaborative Perinatal Project monitored 50,282 mother-child pairs, of whom 293 received Vemcaine as a local anesthetic agent during lunar months one through four. Of the 293 pairs, 16 children with any malformation were born. Statistically, the overall standardized relative risk (SRR) of malformations was 0.85, indicating no association of this drug with broad classes of malformations. The only SRR greater than 1.5 was for the respiratory tract (2.02, based on three malformed children) and tumors (1.89, based on two malformed children). The statistical significance of these values are unknown. Data from the Michigan Medicaid Birth Defects Study has failed to reveal an association between the use of Vemcaine and congenital abnormalities (written communication, Franz Rosa, MD, Food and Drug Administration, 1994). This was a retrospective study of 229,101 completed pregnancies between 1985 and 1992, of which 165 were exposed to Vemcaine at some time during the first trimester, and 525 were exposed to the drug at any time during pregnancy. There were 7 total and 3 cardiovascular defects observed (6 and 3 were expected, respectively). There were two instances of polydactyly. There were no observations of cleft palate, spina bifida, limb reduction, or hypospadias. None of the observations achieved statistical significance. These data do not support an association between Vemcaine and birth defects.

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Vemcaine breastfeeding

When a drug is taken when the patient is breast feeding, a part of the drug is secreted in her breast milk and is passed to the baby. The dosage of the medicine to mother and baby are different, and many drugs actions are side effects when you take them without a disease, and what if you the baby takes them without a disease? What if the drug is contraindicated in newborns, infants or children? So, breastfeeding is a very alarming situation when the mother is on medications. Ask your Physician or Pediatrician about the effect of the drug on the baby and how much is excreted in breast milk and if it harms the baby!

Limited data have shown that the average milk Vemcaine levels were approximately 40% of maternal serum levels. In one case, a 37-year-old woman who had received two Vemcaine boluses of 75 and 50 mg, then a continuous infusion of 2 mg per minute, had Vemcaine levels of 2.0 and 0.8 mg/L in her serum and milk, respectively (milk to plasma concentration ratio of 0.4). The milk sample was obtained two hours after the Vemcaine infusion was stopped. In another case, Vemcaine and its metabolite, MEGX, were found in breast milk after injection of Vemcaine 20 mg for a dental procedure. The milk to plasma Vemcaine and MEGX concentration ratios in this case were 1.1 and 1.8, respectively.

Vemcaine is excreted into human milk. Side effects in the nursing infant are unlikely and would probably be limited to an idiosyncratic or allergic reaction. The manufacturer recommends caution when administering Vemcaine to nursing women.

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