MEDICATION AND PREGNANCY

One of the most common questions from our obstetric patients is “What medications can I safely take while pregnant?”.

We have compiled a list of some common problems and medications that have been medically accepted to be safe during pregnancy.

Be sure to let your physician know if you are taking any over the counter medications.

NOTE: DO NOT TAKE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING MEDICATIONS IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC OR HAVE HAD AN ALLERGIC REACTION TO THEM.

COLD, ALLERGIES, CONGESTION

Benadryl (plain)
Sudafed (plain)
Saline nasal spay
Claritin
Zyrtec

UPSET STOMACH, HEARTBURN, ACID REFLUX

TUMS
Zantac

COUGH

Robitussin
(plain, with no letters after the name)

DIARRHEA

No medication
Keep well hydrated

INSOMNIA

Tylenol PM
Benadryl
Unisom

FEVERS, ACHES, PAIN

Tylenol

CONSTIPATION

Fibercon
Colace

VITAMINS

Take only the vitamins recommended by your physician

NOTE: IF ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS PERSIST, CONTACT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR PROCEED TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM.

THE FOLLOWING LIST OF MEDICATIONS SHOULD BE AVOIDED:

Acitretin (Soritane)
Androgens/Testosterone
ACE Inhibitors
Anticoagulants
Antithyroid Drugs
Azathioprine
Bexarotene
Chemotherapeutic Drugs
Chloramphenicol
Clarithromycin
Cocaine
Colchicine
Cyclosporin
Diethystilbesterol (DES)

Finasteride (Propecia)
Fluorouracil
Flutamide
Griseofulvin
Hydroxyurea
Isotretinoin (Accutane)
Lead
Lithium
Mechlorethamine
Organic Mecury
Birth Control Bills/Hormones
Penicillamine
Paramethadione/Paradione
Seizure Medications

Podophyllin/Podophyllum
Potasium Iodide
Rifampin
Selenium Sulfide
Stanozolol (Winstrol)
Streptomycin, Kanamycin
Tazarotene (Tazorac)
Tetracycline
Thalidomide
Trimethadione, Tridione
Valporic Acid
Vitamin A (in doses >10,000 units/day)
NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, Motrin)
Aspirin

IMPORTANT NOTE : ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE
TAKING ANY PRESCRIPTION OR OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS.

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