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Jane from Singapore asked a question

Will taking weight loss pills affect my pregnancy?

I’m a 26 female. I have been taking Panbesy for 4 years. 2 years ago, I found out that I was 2 - 3 weeks pregnant while still taking Panbesy. I stopped immediately after knowing that I’m pregnant. My baby was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and now requires lifetime medication. I would like to know if taking Panbesy inadvertently while I was pregnant could have caused this?

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Dr Marilyn Lee
Endocrinologist
Singapore
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Dr Marilyn Lee
Endocrinologist
Singapore
Answered on Sat Jun 30 2018 14:14:49 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Dear Jane,

Please don’t worry or blame yourself for your baby’s hypothyroidism. It is very unlikely that your taking Panbesy in the first 2-3 weeks of pregnancy caused this. 

Studies looking at pregnancies exposed to Panbesy did not show any difference in outcomes in women taking it versus those who did not. Other appetite suppressants have been associated with the risk of cleft lips. 

I would advice regular follow up with your doctor, to ensure normal thyroid function is maintained, as thyroxine is required for optimal development and brain maturation.

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