Prescription Drugs During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

If your doctor gave you a prescription before you got pregnant, it might not be safe now. Learn what is okay to take and when to talk to your doctor.


If the doctor gave you a prescription, you might think it's safe to take throughout your pregnancy. But what if those pills were given to you before you got pregnant? Is it safe? Here's what you need to know. The good news is that if you get sick, several common antibiotics are generally considered safe during pregnancy. If you're on an antidepressant, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Many can be safe to take but you want to be sure. Unfortunately, prescription pain killers, some migraine meds and some antibiotics can cause birth defects or even miscarriage. And of course, you should never take Accutane for acne. If your doctor or pharmacist says a drug isn't recommended during pregnancy, there's a good reason. If the medication is thought to unsafe, your doctor might be able to help you find another drug to switch to. If there aren't any safe alternatives, you can discuss the risks of cutting back or stopping the medication versus the risk to your pregnancy. Over all, as soon as you get that positive pregnancy test, talk to your doctor about any prescription medications you're taking.

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