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Author Credentials

Rebecca King-Mallory MD Shawndra Barker MD Kaitlin McGrogan DO Adam M. Franks MD

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.18590/mjm.2018.vol4.iss4.5

Abstract

Hypertension is a common concern during pregnancy. Beta-blockers are one potential treatment, but third trimester exposure has correlated with an increased risk of perinatal events. Nadolol, a nonselective beta blocker, has properties that differ from those of its selective counterparts, including longer half-life, decreased protein binding, and renal excretion in the unchanged form. There is very limited data on the use of nadolol during pregnancy, and its safety has not been completely evaluated. This case study documents the perinatal outcomes of nadolol use throughout a medical student’s pregnancy and explores the experience in obtaining and undergoing medical care.

Conflict(s) of Interest

None

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