Pregnancy and Medicine

December 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Education

Some medicines are ok to take during pregnancy. But there are medicines that have unwanted effects on your baby. If you were taking prescription medicines before you were pregnant, ask your obstetrician if it is OK to continue those medicines. Before you take any new medicine, even over-the-counter medicines, ask your doctor first.

Safe Medicines During

The following medicines are thought to be acceptable for use during pregnancy. It is preferred that no medicine be taken in the first three months since this is the time your baby is developing. Keep in mind no drug can be considered 100% safe during pregnancy.

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) – may be used in early pregnancy
  • Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) – not advised if you have elevated blood pressure
  • Guaifenesin (Robitussin) Plain, not DM – not advised for mothers with diabetes, including gestational diabetes
  • Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
  • Miconazole (Monistat 7, Micatin) vaginal cream – for treatment of yeast infections, please consult your provider to ensure if this drug is appropriate for your needs – be careful not to insert applicator too far
  • Benadryl cream, Caladryl lotion or cream, Hydrocortisone cream or ointment
  • Maalox, Mylanta, Metamucil, Tums, Riopan, Titralac, Gaviscon
  • Colace, Citrucil, Fiberall, Fibercon, Metamucil, Milk of Magnesia, Senekot
  • Immodium, Kaopectate – only after first trimester and only for 24 hours
  • Anusol, Preparation H
  • Examples of antibiotics: Penicillin, Cephalosporin, Erythromycin, Nitrofurantion (Macrodantin)

Medicines to Avoid During Pregnancy

Remember: always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine during pregnancy.

  • Acyclovir
  • Ibuprofen
  • Oral Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Advil
  • Lindane
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Antiparasitic
  • Medipren
  • Primaquine
  • Aspirin
  • Motrin
  • Sulfa Drugs (sulfonamides)
  • Coumadin
  • Nalidixic Acid
  • Tetracycline
  • Diuretics
  • Naprosyn
  • Trimethoprim
  • Griseofulvin
  • Nuprin
  • Valium
  • Amantadine
Tags: Pregnancy, Pharmacology, Drugs, Pharmacy, Pharmacist, National Prescribing Service, Prescription drug, Pharmaceuticals policy

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