Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Postpartum preeclampsia is treated with medication, including:

  • Medication to prevent seizures. An anticonvulsive medication, such as magnesium sulfate, can help prevent seizures. Magnesium sulfate is typically taken for 24 hours. After treatment with magnesium sulfate, your health care provider will closely monitor your blood pressure, urination and other symptoms.
  • Medication to lower high blood pressure. If your blood pressure is dangerously high and an anticonvulsive medication doesn't lower it, your health care provider might prescribe another medication to lower your blood pressure (antihypertensive medication).

If you're breast-feeding, ask your health care provider whether it's safe to continue breast-feeding while taking medication to treat postpartum preeclampsia.

Apr. 26, 2012

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