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Pregnancy Medication List - What's Safe to Take?
Not all medications are safe for use during pregnancy. If you regularly take medication for an existing condition before you become pregnant (e.g asthma, epilepsy, or migraines), you should let your doctor know before conceiving. Is the medication safe to continue taking? Is there a better alternative that's safer for pregnancy?
Over the Counter Medication for Pregnancy:
If you suffer from severe pregnancy symptoms, or regular coughs, colds, or allergies, you might consider taking medication to ease them. Your doctor may prescribe you medication to take during pregnancy and will know that it is safe. But what about taking over the counter allergy or pain medication during pregnancy?
The basic rule of thumb is that you should consult your doctor or midwife before taking any medications while pregnant. Every situation is different and your doctor may advise against taking a medication that would be okay for other pregnant women. But, as a guide, we've developed this pregnancy safe medication list to show the pregnancy medications that are generally safe or unsafe:
Safe Pain Medication During Pregnancy:
- Tylenol (Acetaminophen).
Cramps, pains, and headaches should be treated non-medicinally as much as possible. Remedies like stretching, hot wheat packs, and even acupuncture, should be tried before you consult your doctor. It is important to avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs (like Advil) while pregnant. These medications have been linked to birth defects, low birth weight, and miscarriage.
Safe Cold Medication During Pregnancy:
- Tylenol (Acetaminophen).
- Saline Nasal Spray or drops.
Safe Allergy Medications During Pregnancy:
- Rhinocort (Steroid nasal spray).
- Benadryl (Diphenhydramine).
- Claratine (Loratadine).
A Warning on Pregnancy Medication Safety:
We have created this list as a guide to medications that are generally thought to be safe to take during pregnancy. We can't stress enough that no over the counter medication is 100% safe. Even supplements that say they are completely natural can have negative effects. Look for drug-free ways to cope with pregnancy pain (see our advice on coping with cramps for examples) and always consult your doctor before taking medication during pregnancy.
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