Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy

Questions pertaining to the use and safety of prescription or over the counter medications and vaccinations during pregnancy.

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Hydrocodone
Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy

Will Lortab effect the baby in the womb?

Yes, like most opiates, hydrocodone can pass though the placental circulation and cause primarily mental deficit symptoms, depending on what stage of pregnancy the opiates were taken, in what quantity and for how long. Occassional supervised use for the mother should present no problem.

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Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy

Can you use deep heat creams during pregnancy?

i have a really bad lowerback pain and i was just wandering if i can rub a little bit of deep heat cream on it just to soothe the ache! thanx

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Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy

What can you do for a cough during pregnancy?

In any case, the general rule of thumb is: take medication only on the advice of a practitioner who knows you are pregnant, and only when it is absolutely necessary.

One treatment that is safe for pregnancies is inhalation of a steam vaporizer, humidifier, or steaming kettle. You can prepare a tent by draping a sheet over an open umbrella that is resting on a chair back. Place the humidifier on a chair. Spend 15 minutes 3 or 4 times a day under the tent; extend the time to 30 minutes if you aren't too uncomfortable. Don't stay under the tent if you become uncomfortably warm. Keep the humidifier near your bedside when you are sleeping or resting.

Another treatment is drinking additional fluids. Drink 8 ounces of liquid every hour, including water, juices, soups. Hot fluids (here comes the chicken soup) are best. Limit milk intake only if recommended by your doctor.

As far as any over-the-counter or prescription medications, you should seek advice from your doctor. Not 100% of the medication, over-the-counter or prescription, herbal or not, works 100% of the time for 100% of the women or is 100% safe for those women. Other medications should be discussed with your doctor if your coughing is out of hand or due to some other illness.

Whenever I or someone in m family has a cough we mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice - the liquid will be quite thick so u dont have to swallow all in one go - split taking that small amount in 3 intervals - you should notice the cough easing off quite soon after . Good luck

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Migraine Headaches
Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy

What can pregnant women take for migraines?

If you are pregnant, do not take any medications, over the counter preparations, supplements or herbal preparations without talking to your doctor first about your specific situation and health history. Even peppermint oil, which can be effective for those who are not pregnant, can be very dangerous during pregnancy.

For appropriate diagnosis, treatment and prevention of headache disorders, seek the help of a board certified headache specialist.

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Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy

Is it safe to take prescription pain pills during pregnancy?

No.... Prescription pain killers can cause harm to the development of the fetus. If you are in pain, take Tylenol. If Tylenol does not work, call your OB Dr.

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Xanax
Benzodiazepines
Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy

Can a pregnant women take xanax?

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Actually, it depends on your personal circumstances. Severe anxiety/panic issues can put you at risk for pre-term labor, miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, and other serious problems that can affect the health of your unborn child. It's a matter of weighing the risks vs. the benefits. This is a matter you should discuss with your doctor to determine if the benefit of taking anti-anxiety medication outweighs the risks. Benzodiazepines are not known to cause birth defects, but there is the risk that your baby could suffer withdrawal symptoms after birth. This can be avoided by taking the medication only when absolutely necessary, or by tapering down the dose before delivery. Definitely discuss with your doctor whether the drug is necessary for your own well-being, as your baby's health depends on yours, both physically and emotionally.

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What happens if you take medication during the first weeks of pregnancy?

Make sure to avoid the following: Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, prescribed for hypertension or congestive heart failure, can cause miscarriage or deformity in the baby. Decongestants pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine (Sudafed, DayQuil, Claritin-D), especially if taken during the first trimester, may cause stomach defects or affect blood flow to the placenta — through some doctors will recommend in limited amounts in the second and third trimesters. Also, avoid cough and cold meds that contain alcohol or NSAIDs. Isotretinoin (Accutane) for cystic acne raises the risk of miscarriage and physical and mental defects in babies. Methotrexate, used to treat psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, increases the risk of miscarriage and birth defects.
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Pregnancy Gender Prediction
Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy

Is it ok to take nurofen when pregnant?

Do not take any medication during pregnancy without talking to your dr first.

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Miscarriages
Medication and Drugs
Xanax
Benzodiazepines
Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy

Could taking Alprazolam cause Miscarriage?

Fetal Risk Summary

Alprazolam, a member of the benzodiazepine class of agents, is used for the treatment of anxiety. Although no congenital anomalies have been attributed to the use of alprazolam during human pregnancies, other benzodiazepines (e.g., see Diazepam) have been suspected of producing fetal malformations after 1st trimester exposure. In pregnant rats, the drug produced thoracic vertebral anomalies and increased fetal death only at the highest dose (50 mg/kg) tested (1).

Researchers described the effects of alprazolam exposure on gestational day 18 (i.e., near term) on the neurodevelopment of mice in a series of reports (2,3 and 4). In one strain of mice, exposure induced persistent imbalance in the newborn and hind limb impairment in the adult offspring suggesting a defect in cerebellar development (2). In the second part of this study, in utero exposure to the drug (0.32 mg/kg orally) did not increase anxiety in adult offspring but did reduce motivation (3). A decrease in the tendency to engage in group activity and an increase in male aggression was observed in the third part of the study (4).

No data have been located on the placental passage of alprazolam. However, other benzodiazepines, such as diazepam, freely cross the placenta and accumulate in the fetus (see Diazepam). A similar distribution pattern should be expected for alprazolam.

One manufacturer has received 441 reports of in utero exposure to alprazolam or triazolam, two short-acting benzodiazepines, almost all of which occurred in the 1st trimester (5,6). Although most of the women discontinued the drugs when pregnancy was diagnosed, 24 continued to use alprazolam throughout their gestations (5). At the time of publication, about one-fifth of the 441 cases were still pregnant; one sixth had been lost to follow-up and one sixth had been terminated by elective abortion for various reasons (5). Spontaneous abortion or miscarriage (no congenital anomalies were observed in the abortuses) occurred in 16 women; two pregnancies ended in stillbirths; and one newborn infant died within 24 hours of birth. Most of the remainder of the reported exposures ended with the delivery of a normal infant. The manufacturer also received two retrospective reports of congenital defects after alprazolam exposure (5). One of the cases involved an infant with Down's syndrome after maternal consumption of a single 5.5-mg dose of alprazolam and an unknown amount of doxepin during pregnancy (5). The second report involved a mother who ingested 0.5 mg/day of alprazolam during the first 2 months of gestation and was delivered of an infant with cat's eye with Pierre Robin syndrome. Neither of these outcomes can be attributed to alprazolam.

A 1992 Reference reported the prospective evaluation of 542 pregnancies involving 1st trimester exposure to alprazolam gathered by a manufacturer from worldwide surveillance (7). These data were an extension of the data provided immediately above. Of the total, 131 (24.2%) were lost to follow-up. The outcome of the remaining 411 pregnancies was 42 (10.2%) spontaneous abortions, 5 (1.2%) stillbirths, 88 (21.4%) induced abortions, and 263 (64.0%) infants without and 13 (3.2%) infants with congenital anomalies. A total of 276 live births occurred, but two of these infants, both born prematurely, died shortly after birth. One, included in the group with congenital anomalies, had bilateral hydroceles and ascites, whereas the other died after intraventricular hemorrhage. The type and incidence of defects were comparable to those observed in the Collaborative Perinatal Project with no pattern of defects or excess of defects or spontaneous abortions apparent (7).

A second 1992 study reported on heavy benzodiazepine exposure during pregnancy from Michigan Medicaid data collected during 1980 to 1983 (8). Of the 2,048 women, from a total sample of 104,339 who had received benzodiazepines, 80 had received 10 or more prescriptions for these agents. The records of these 80 women indicated frequent alcohol and substance abuse. Their pregnancy outcomes were three intrauterine deaths, two neonatal deaths in infants with congenital malformations, and 64 survivors. The outcome for 11 infants was unknown. Six of the surviving infants had diagnoses consistent with congenital defects. The investigators concluded that the high rate of congenital anomalies was suggestive of multiple alcohol and substance abuse, and may not have been related to benzodiazepine exposure (8).

Single case reports of pyloric stenosis, moderate tongue-tie, umbilical hernia and ankle inversion, and clubfoot have been received by the manufacturer after in utero exposure to either alprazolam or triazolam (5). In addition, the manufacturer has received five reports of paternal use of alprazolam with pregnancy outcomes of two normal births, one elective abortion, one unknown outcome, and one stillbirth with multiple malformations (5). There is no evidence that the drug affected any of these outcomes.

Neonatal withdrawal after in utero exposure to alprazolam throughout gestation has been reported in three infants (5, 9). In two cases involving maternal ingestion of 3 mg/day and 78 mg/day, mild withdrawal symptoms occurred at 2 days of age in the infant exposed to 3 mg/day (5). No details were provided on the onset or severity of the symptoms in the infant exposed to the higher dose. The third neonate was exposed to 1.01.5 mg/day (9). The mother continued this dosage in the postpartum interval while breast feeding. Restlessness and irritability were noted in the infant during the 1st week. The symptoms worsened 23 days after the breast feeding was stopped on the 7th day because of concerns over drug excretion into the milk. Short, episodic screams and bursts of crying were observed frequently. Treatment with phenobarbital was partially successful, allowing the infant to sleep for longer periods. However, on awakening, jerking movements of the extremities and crying continued to occur. The infant was lost to follow-up at approximately 3 weeks of age.

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Chlamydia

Can chlamydia treatment affect your baby?

There are safe, effective treatments for chlamydia during pregnancy. It is much safer to take treatment than it is to stay infected. Both recommended treatments for chlamydia during pregnancy, azithromycin and amoxicillin, are medications that are regularly and safely used in newborns.

Untreated chlamydia during pregnancy can cause premature rupture of membranes or preterm labor. A baby born to a woman who has chlamydia at the time of delivery may have pneumonia, infection of the reproductive tract, or conjunctivitis.

Women treated for chlamydia during pregnancy should be retested three weeks after treatment, as well as three months after treatment. Women under 26 or with a new partner during pregnancy should also be tested in the third trimester to make sure they haven't been reinfected before delivery.

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Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy

Is ondansetron tablet safe to take during pregnancy?

There haven't been any animal based reproduction studies that show any adverse affects but the extent of testing has not been very much. So it's a slight risk but to be completely safe I would talk to your doctor before taking it.

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Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy

What is the dose of Gynaecosid?

two pill

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Can you use preparation H during pregnancy?

According to Babycenter.com (and Reviewed by the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board) Anusol, Preparation H, and Tucks are all safe to use during pregnancy.

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Bulldogs

What can you take to help dizziness in pregnancy?

Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy. Usually it disappears within 13 weeks, but sometimes it doesn't. This could be a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum (severe nausia and vomiting), which leads to a loss of nutrients and dehydration. If this is the case, you would probably be hospitalized and treated with intravenous fluids and medications. However for the common morning sickness, there is no successful treatment, nor are there any approved medications for it.

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Can prometrium prevent pregnancy?

No it is for preventing Miscarriage

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Fetal Development
Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy
Pregnancy Complications

What is a macerated fetus?

About 12 hours following fetal demise, the outer layer of skin will begin to slough off. This is caused by the baby being surrounded by amniotic fluid.

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What can a pregnant women take for sore throat?

heated honey and lemon

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Antibiotics
Trimesters
Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy

Is it safe to take antibiotics during your third trimester?

There are many drugs, that fall under the category of antibiotics. Some of them are safe during the pregnancy, while others are not. Your gynaecologist knows about the same. Generally drugs become safer in third trimester of pregnancy as compared to first trimester of pregnancy. You are not supposed to take drugs of your own during pregnancy. Antibiotics are the class of drugs that must be prescribed to you by your doctor. You are requested to tell your doctor that you are pregnant, specially in the early months of pregnancy. Next time you go to the doctor, mention the same again. Do not presume that she or he knows the fact.

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Antihistamines (allergy medicine)
Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy

Can you take antihistamines while pregnant?

My Doctor has OK'd the use of Claritin-D and Flonase with all 3 of my previous pregnancies. They have helped tremendously.

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Is drinking medicine safe in pregnancy?

Unless you doctor has prescribed it then you should always either phone your doctor or talk to your pharmacist before taking even a cold medication or anything for allergies, etc. It's better to be safe than sorry. Everything you ingest (eat or drink) goes to the baby. Only your Doctor can answer this question accurately for you.

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It is safe to take provera while im pregnant?

No. Studies have shown that it can cause unwanted problems to your baby if you take provera while you are pregnant.

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Vaccinations
Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy

What if a pregnant woman gets the MMR vaccine?

If a pregnant woman mistakenly gets the MMR vaccine or conceive within days of getting the vaccine, she should be counseled about the potential theoretical risks to the fetus. Getting the vaccine is not enough ground to terminating the pregnancy. Pregnancy registry of 324 pregnant women who got the vaccine did not show any terotegenicity to the fetus. No baby reported any adverse events due to the vaccine

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Adderall
Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy
Endocrine System

Is too much NyQuil dangerous to your unborn child?

Olive oil is perfectly ok, in fact, the essential fatty acids may play a positive role on the devolpment of the child. Nyquil can because harmful not because of the slight alcohol (more alcohol in most fruit than a serving of Nyquil) but from the adverse effects from the drugs inside of it. It contains an antihistamine, cough suppressant (Dextromethorphan) and a NSAID. Nyquil also contains sugar which is something else to avoid while pregnant. Call your doctor and discuss this with him/her also. Don't take Nyquil anymore

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Pregnancy Symptoms
Cold and Flu
Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy

What can you take for a cold during pregnancy?

There is nothing you can take, pregnant or not that will shorten the effects of a cold. Acetominophen is fine for the headache. A steam vaporiser can be used to relieve the nasal congestion and cough. For anything stronger ask your pharmacist, that is their specialty.

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Hydrocodone
Codeine
Benzodiazepines
Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy
Klonopin

Is it safe to take Klonopin while pregnant?

Although not conclusive, there has been evidence to show that there may be risks in taking this drug while pregnant. Klonopin is a benzodiazepine derivative in which studies have shown that malformations can occur such as cardiac and facial deformations when such a drug is used early in one's pregnancy. Again, such data obtained from such studies are not conclusive; however, other defects from this range of drugs can also be development shortcomings such as decreased IQ. When used late in one's pregnancy, this could cause the child to suffer from benzodiazepine withdrawal which could include complications such as floppy infant syndrome, a reluctance to suck, impaired metabolic responses to cold stress, and more. Some of these symptoms may even persist for hours or months after birth. In short, although not conclusive, it might be best to stay off of this medication during one's pregnancy, or consult one's physician to find alternative medication which pose no threat to the development of the fetus.

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