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Are Certain Medications Off-Limits During Pregnancy?

I just found out that I’m expecting. I’m curious — are there some medications I can’t take now?
- Selena

You should steer clear of many medications during pregnancy. Even common over-the-counter (OTC) medications that are generally safe may be considered off-limits because of their potential effects on the baby. Certain prescription medications also may cause damage to the developing fetus. And herbal remedies and supplements can cause problems as well.

If you were prescribed a medication before you became pregnant for an illness, disease, or condition you still have, consult with your doctor, who can help you weigh the potential benefits and risks of continuing your prescription. Let any health care provider that you see know that you're pregnant.

And check with your doctor before taking any medicines (including prescriptions, OTC medicines, herbal remedies, and supplements) to see which are safe to take during pregnancy, even if they seem like no big deal.

Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
Date reviewed: October 2012

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