Oral Medications and Pregnancy

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Sometimes you may fall sick during pregnancy and need oral medication. But a lot of the time pregnant women aren’t sure whether or not they are supposed to take over the counter medications. Actually some medications are fine if taken during pregnancy while others may prove to be dangerous. When you meet with your doctor to confirm you’re pregnant, ask what oral medications are OK to take and what meds you need to find alternatives for. Your health care provider will weigh the risks and benefits to help you know what’s safe.

You should also, tell your doctor about any alternative medicines or supplements you take, even if the label says that it is organic or natural. If you get any new prescriptions while you’re pregnant, make sure the people who prescribe them know that you are pregnant.

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What oral medications are safe during pregnancy?

Prenatal vitamins are safe and important to take when you’re pregnant. However, do ask your doctor about the safety of taking other vitamins, herbal remedies and even supplements. Most herbal preparations and supplements have not been proven to be safe during pregnancy. In general avoid any medication during pregnancy unless it is needed and given by the doctor.

The following list of oral medications have not known harmful effects. Contact your doctor for additional information on their safety or for medications not listed here.

Oral medications considered safe during pregnancy

For allergies;

  • diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • Loratadine (Claritin)
  • Steroid nasal spray (Rhinocort)

If you have a cold or flu;

  • Acetaminophen/Tylenol
  • Saline nasal drops or the spray
  • Warm salt water gargles

For constipation;

  • Metamucil
  • Colace

First Aid Ointments;

  • Bacitracin
  • Neosporin
  • Polysporin

Make sure to ask your doctor before taking any of these during the first trimester.

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What alternative therapies are safe during pregnancy?

Some alternative therapies have been shown to be safe and effective for pregnant women to relieve some of the uncomfortable side effects of pregnancy. Talk it over with your doctor first before using any of them. And remember that natural does not always mean that it is safe.

 

 

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