The time of pregnancy is a crucial one, so be careful of what sort of drugs you are taking in. Here is an expert take on drugs that should not be taken 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.
Example: Vitamin B6, Folic Acid & Thyroid medication
“B” Category Drugs have been used frequently without causing damage or side effects
- Antipyretics like Accetaminophen
- Antidiabetics like Amoxicillin and cephalosporins
- Anticonvulsants like Magnesium Sulphate
“C” Category Drugs to be used only if necessary
Drugs to be avoided are:
“D” Category Drugs may affect the fetus
“X” Category Drugs cause birth defects
- 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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