Medication during pregnancy


Medication during pregnancy

Although some medications are safe to take during pregnancy, many are not. As a general rule, you should never start, continue, or stop taking medication while pregnant without first consulting your healthcare provider. 

Classification of medication risk factors
Each drug has a risk factor classification associated with it based on the potential risk it poses to pregnancy. The ratings, along with a proper analysis of the risks and benefits of using that medication in your situation, will help you and your health care provider determine the right course of action. 

Safe medications to take during pregnancy
As a general rule, don’t take any medication while pregnant unless it is necessary. Having said that, the following groups of medications and home remedies have no known harmful effects on pregnancy if taken per instruction. 

Pain: Paracetamol

Allergy: Chlorpheniramine or Loratadine or steroid nasal spray (Budesonide)

Cold and flu: Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and saline nasal drops or spray

Rashes: Benadryl cream or Hydrocortisone cream

However, before taking any medicine when you’re pregnant, you should always get advice from your doctor.

General recommendations
Before taking any medication, we strongly recommend the following: 


Dr. Wanwadee Sapmee Panyakat (OB-GYN) (2 March 2019)


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