Effects Of Drugs During Pregnancy

Apart from illegal drugs like marijuana, methamphetamine, and cocaine, commercially available medicines like Caffeine and Tetracycline can also affect the fetus during pregnancy. These drugs can reach the baby through the placenta and cause severe congenital abnormalities.

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Can consuming Methamphetamine during the end stage of pregnancy result in death of the baby two weeks after delivery?

Query: Hello doctor, A 2-month-old infant died, and the tissue sample showed a trace of Methamphetamine. In addition, the mother tested positive for Methamphetamine two weeks before giving birth. Could the trace of Methamphetamine in the infant come from the mother's usage during the end of pregnancy? Ki...  Read Full »


Dr. Singh Smrita

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern Yes, that could be a possibility. Methamphetamine is a fast-acting stimulant that does not stay in the body for long. It has a plasma half-life of 12 to 34 hours. This means that it takes 12 to 34 hours for the amount of Methamphetamine in ...  Read Full »

Does intake of Isotretinoin affect pregnancy in the future?

Query: Hi doctor,I am an unmarried woman. My plan is to get into marriage life after two years. Currently, I have beenĀ taking Isotretinoin for the past 20 days. I have heard that it may cause infertility in women. Does Isotretinoin cause future birth defect? Will it affect my future pregnancy?  Read Full »


Dr. Mavani Jimesh Himatbhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Actually, it is known that Isotretinoin can cause severe birth defects in the baby if taken during pregnancy. So, you must not take it, if you are pregnant. And if you have taken, then some doctor will advice termination also in early pregnancy. But, there is no st...  Read Full »

What is the dosage of Naxdom 500 for a pregnant woman?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 32 years old. I have been suffering from a migraine for over five to six years or more. I have been sensitive to light since childhood. I used to take Migranil initially. Around two years ago, I met a neurologist and he advised me Amitone at night and Naxdom 500 in case of emerge...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are classically suggestive of a migraine only. Now, migraine can be well controlled with medicines and lifestyle changes. My choice in pills for migraine prescription remains Amitone (Amitryptiline) along with Flunarizine. Side effect profile of Amitone co...  Read Full »

Can Prozac be taken during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am on Prozac treatment for two months now for depression and anxiety. I am on the minimum dose (half a pill a day) and I am doing very well with this treatment. However, I just found out I am pregnant. My gynecologist says that I should stop Prozac immediately, but my psychiatrist says...  Read Full »


Dr. Megha Tuli

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Congratulations on your good news and I went through your query.In my opinion, you can continue with Prozac (Fluoxetine) in your case. There are no human studies conducted on Prozac, but animal studies have shown variable effects. There seems to be a mild increase in the in...  Read Full »

Is Ecosprin 75 safe to take during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 31 years, obese, and five months pregnant female. I had a miscarriage four years before of six weeks. I am hypertensive and with normal sugar. Now BP is under control 130/80 average with Alphadopa-L 100 mg twice daily. My queries are:The doctor prescribed me Ecosprin 75 mg once dai...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. You are a case of gestational hypertension and hypothyroidism as I can see. I suggest you continue Ecosprin 75 mg daily as its a blood thinner and is safe in pregnancy. The TSH limit should be between 3.2 to 3.8 during pregnancy and hence 25 m...  Read Full »

Is it fine to take Betnesol during 36 weeks of pregnancy with BP, thyroid and diabetes?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 36 weeks pregnant with LMP. My doctor is prescribing me Betnesol. I have thyroid, BP and GD. They are under control. Sugar levels are also under control. I am little worried about Betnesol. My previous baby was a C-section. I had planned normal delivery (for my first) but had to ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In cases of gestational diabetes mellitus with gestational hypertension at 36 weeks of gestation, there are chances that there occurs delayed maturation of fetal lungs which can prevent the baby from baby breathing after birth due to immature lungs. So considering yo...  Read Full »

Can I take Hydroxyzine Hcl 25 mg while pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is four months pregnant now. She has itchy palms. The doctor advised to take tablet Atarax 25 mg (Hydroxyzine hydrochloride). Is it safe to have this tablet during pregnancy? Kindly guide.  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Congratulations on her pregnancy. I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. Yes, antihistamines are considered safe during pregnancy. As it is prescribed in a very low dose and she is in her second trimester, she can consume it, but not for a l...  Read Full »

Are antihistamines safe when taken during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, Can I take antihistamines (an OTC drug) when pregnant?  Read Full »


Dr. Gowrimeena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Antihistamines are used to treat allergy symptoms. We have two generations of antihistamines: First generation antihistamines like Chlorpheniramine, Dimenhydrinate, Diphenhydramine, Doxylamine are considered safe to use during pregnancy. These medications have a sedati...  Read Full »

Can Olanzapine and Dicorate be continued in pregnant woman with bipolar disorder?

Query: Hello doctor,My sister is suffering from bipolar disorder for the last 10 years and is presently in stable condition with Olanzapine 2.5 mg and Dicorate 250 mg one tablet each per day during night. However, recently she came to know about her pregnancy and her doctor asked her to check with a psychi...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, I would like to inform you that Dicorate (Divalproex sodium) should be avoided as far as possible during pregnancy. This is because of neural tube defects caused in offspring during pregnancy. The above statement is very important during the first trimeste...  Read Full »

Could taking Misoprostol during pregnancy affect my baby?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 12 weeks pregnant now. In the third week of my pregnancy, I took two pills of Misoprostol. Yesterday, I went to an ultrasound and my doctor told me my baby is very healthy. Is there a high risk for my baby to be born with Moebius syndrome or other illnesses? Please inform me, shoul...  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You already used Misoprostol which is a hormonal pill used to induce abortion and act locally but luckily, it did not work and you got a healthy alive, active baby inside the uterus growing. Have strict monitoring and take care of any symptoms you have like pain, bl...  Read Full »

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