Health Tip: Watch Medication Use During Pregnancy

By on May 19, 2016

Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should be careful about taking medications.

Ask your doctor about taking prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins or supplements during pregnancy. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends:

  • Check with your doctor before you take any drug, in particular for cough, constipation, diarrhea, nausea or congestion.
  • Be especially wary of drug use during the first trimester of pregnancy, when the fetus is at greatest risk of acquiring developmental problems.
  • Do not use aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Acetaminophen (Tylenol), however, is typically safe for occasional use.
  • Avoid medications labeled “long-acting” or “maximum/extra strength,” as well as combination medications that treat multiple symptoms.

Source: HealthDay

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