Just one thing that I want to point out... someone mentions this in an earlier post, too... Doctors can only say that these drugs do not cause defects at birth. They cannot say what the long term effects are, as these are newer drugs and there have been no studies. The cold, hard fact is that they do not have any proof of this.
When I think of these drugs, I am reminded of the medicine that was prescribed to pregnant women for morning sickness years ago and did not cause birth defects... only to find that once those babies grew into adults thirty years later, they did have issues directly related to that drug (I can't remember the drug name). So, while the drug did not cause defects at birth, it did cause defects later in life. Those defects were well documented, and the drug manufacturers ended up paying out a lot of money to the victims.
Any drug that crosses the placenta is going to affect your baby in utero. Period. It's just a question of how. If breastfeeding while on these drugs is bad, why isn't it also bad for the baby in utero? Caffeine affects a baby the same in utero as it does via breastfeeding. Crack cocaine affects a baby the same in utero as it does via breastfeeding. So, I am confused as to how we can distinguish between in utero and breastfeeding for 6-mp and Remicade... with respect to long-term health issues for the child.
This is just my two cents and the thoughts that pop into my head when I am reading all of your posts. I don't mean to be a downer! I am pregnant now (23 weeks) and am fortunate to sustain my remission with Asacol and Rowasa , with minimal use of Prednisone during a flare. I feel for all of you. It took us a very long time to conceive, and I know that I am blessed to have been able to do so on class B drugs and in remission. I just want you all to really take the time to think about
the conflicting information on these two drugs and babies. Even my GI, who tells me about
the healthy Remicade babies he has had all the time, states that he can't guarantee that there won't be health issues later in life for those babies.
- Asacol (4 pills, 2x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)