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Did you take Rhogam while pg with your autistic/ASD dc?

  • Yes, with thimerosal

    Votes: 14 36.8%
  • Yes, the thimerosal-free version

    Votes: 1 2.6%
  • No, but had taken it previously

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • No, but mom is Rh negative

    Votes: 5 13.2%
  • No, and mom is Rh positive

    Votes: 14 36.8%
  • No, and not sure of mom's Rh status

    Votes: 4 10.5%
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I really think there may be something to this Rhogam connection.
 

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I knew I was forgetting something!!!<br><br>
I believe the thimerosal-free version has a different name -- BayRho, perhaps?
 

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<a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=552540" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=552540</a><br><br>
They can use the stuff with thimerasol if there is a shortage. And they will.
 

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I believe the thimerosal-free version has a different name -- BayRho, perhaps?</div>
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No clue, sorry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I just took my shot and didn't bat a lash. Never knew about the thimerisol.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> How long ago was it?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><a href="http://www.montereyherald.com/mld/mo...e/15918918.htm" target="_blank">http://www.montereyherald.com/mld/mo...e/15918918.htm</a></div>
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For some reason, that link didn't work for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 

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I have the same problem that I had the Rhogam but don't know whether or not it was the thimerosal-free version. My understanding is that the last thimerosal-containing Rhogams expired in summer of 2003 so it is possible that the shot with DD had thimerosal and I didn't know to ask. I do know it was administered in my arm as opposed to the one I had with DS, which they said had to be administered in the buttocks because of the needle size...so I have often wondered about this.
 

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How about everyone who isn't sure votes "yes, thimerosal version" but makes a note here? That way, we would be able to see the real numbers with a little subtraction work. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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no rhogam shot for me, I'm +, so never was an issue.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> How long ago was it?</div>
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Let's see, it would have been around 11/03.
 

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In 11/03, your shot may or may not have contained mercury. Johnson & Johnson announced in April 2001, the very week my DS was born, that all preservatives would be voluntarily removed from the Rhogam, but it took about 18 months for the supply to get used up. Nowadays, the Rhogam patient label clearly states "preservative-free" and thimerasol is not listed in its ingredients. However, J & J admitted in Congressional testimony that the preservatives are removed AFTER the manufacturing process is complete, and that "trace" amounts of mercury may remain in the medicine.<br><br>
BayRho is the brand name of an alternative to Rhogam that is no longer being manufactured (its manufacturer was Bayer). BayRho never contained any type of preservative. It was manufactured with a cold-ethanol press process.<br><br>
WinRho is the brand name of another alternative, manufactured by Cangene in Canada. It is manufactured with a freeze-drying process that does not utilize any preservative.<br><br>
Most insurance companies in the USA will only cover the J & J brand. I just paid $500 for the WinRho out of pocket. I'm 29 weeks preggo.<br><br>
Mothers with a family history of autoimmune disease are far more vulnerable to mercury poisoning than other mothers. I have a thyroid autoimmune disease, and I know several Autie mamas with Lupus, degenerative liver disease and other autoimmune conditions. Most of these mamas are also Rh negative. I do not believe this is a coincidence.
 

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I had WinRho (Canadian RhoGam shot, thimersol-free as best I know) during both of my previous pregnancies.<br><br>
My son has Asperger's Syndrome.<br>
My daughter is "normal".
 

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Same here. I had this long before anyone really connected thermerisol to autism at all. (nearly 11 and 13 years ago). I didn't think to ask then.<br><br>
I also had rhogam shots with my 2 youngest but I know that definitely by the 4th I made sure there was no thermerisol. He has some borderline traits and lots of concerns when younger. We were very careful with his shots and I think it helped him.
 

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I had the rhogam in 2001 and I am almost positive it had thimerisol in it. Ds1 is autistic. My Aunt is also RH- and had rhogam and her first son is also autistic. The difference though is that my cousin was obviously different from the get go. There was always something about him that made you say "hmmm" but no one really realized how different until he was a bit older. They also aren't certain if he is really autistic or if he has something else that causes autistic characteristics. Kearnan was normal until his 18 month shots and then wham he regressed immediately. Of course it could have been set in motion by the rhogam?
 

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I had rogham shots durring pregnancy with all three of my kids and the second shot after Dd1 was born. I know that I didn't get the second shot with Ds and I don't remember the shot after Dd2 (although after that messed up affair things were kind of hazy *long story*).<br>
Dd1 is th eonly one of my three with anything that messes with her day to day life. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> She was born in 2001.<br><br>
OT: I'm going to be looking around to see if I can find anything on the RH-/autoimune deal.
 

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Yes. With both pregnancies, my older son is ADHD/sids. My younger son is aspergers/sids. Both of my child have had (well ds 2 still does) speech therapy too.
 

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I didn't read all this b/c my kids are in the process of going crazy...keepin it short.<br><br>
I'm Rh- and refused prenatal Rhogam all three times. I did have the postpartum shot all three times. Rhogam itself has been mercury-free for quite a few years but there are still some batches with mercury I think. BayRho is mercury free - that's what I had postpartum with my ASD child. I had Rhogam after my first child, not sure if it was mercury free or not, and I had mercury free Rhogam after my third. Ok need to take a child down off the wall...
 
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