Postpartum preeclampsia may be treated with medication, including:
- Medication to lower high blood pressure. If your blood pressure is dangerously high, your health care provider might prescribe a medication to lower your blood pressure (antihypertensive medication).
- 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.
If you're breast-feeding, it's generally considered safe to breast-feed while taking these medications. Ask your health care provider if you have any questions or you're not sure.
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