Drugs to avoid during Pregnancy

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Sep 21, 2012
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Drugs to avoid during Pregnancy

 

On principle, unnecessary medication is avoided during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester because organogenesis is taking place. [Read: First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms]

 

Drugs are categorized according to their safety profile during various trimesters of pregnancy.

 

“A” Category Drugs have been found to be safe during pregnancy, even in the first trimester.

 

[Read: Pregnancy Tips for First Trimester]

 

Example: Vitamin B6, Folic Acid & Thyroid medication

“B” Category Drugs have been used frequently without causing damage or side effects

 

Example:

  • Antipyretics like Accetaminophen
  • Antidiabetics like Amoxicillin and cephalosporins
  • Anticonvulsants like Magnesium Sulphate
  • Prednisolone
  • Famotidine

 

“C” Category Drugs to be used only if necessary

 

Drugs to be avoided are:

  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Fluconazole

 

“D” Category Drugs may affect the fetus

 

Example:

  • Alcohol
  • Lithium
  • Phenytoin

 

[Read: Drinking Alcohol during Pregnancy]

 

“X” Category Drugs cause birth defects

 

Example:

  • Thalidomide
  • Salicylates and Asprin in last trimester increases the risk of bleeding

 

The contributor, Dr. Loveleena Nadir is Sr. Consultant, Obs & Gynae at Fortis La Femme.

 

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