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While pregnant and when trying to get pregnant, avoid using any
medicines or dietary supplements unless your health professional prescribes or
recommends them. Nonprescription medicines are generally not well studied for
use during pregnancy. However, some medicines have been widely used with no ill
effects and are therefore thought to be safe. For example, acetaminophen (such
as Tylenol) is safe at recommended doses to relieve fever or treat pain.
If you are pregnant or trying to conceive, follow these guidelines
about medicine use, and be sure to check with your health professional before
There are a lot of medicines that are not safe to use when you're
pregnant. Common medicines to avoid include:
Information about medicine safety during pregnancy sometimes
changes with new research, so be sure to check with your health professional
before taking something that you've heard was safe in the past.
Use of cocaine or methamphetamine during pregnancy can cause fetal
harm or death resulting from:
Injected drugs are linked to an increased risk of infections, such
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that
causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofJuly 16, 2015
Current as of:
July 16, 2015
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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