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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Is it safe to give dog a flea bath while I am six weeks pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor, Yesterday, I gave my dog a flea bath using a shampoo containing pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide. I am nervous about the effect this might have on my pregnancy. I washed my hands repeatedly after I realized this. Will it affect the brain development of my baby?  Read Full »


Dr. Sabita Laskar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. These chemicals have more effect when they are used early in pregnancy. Local application, just on the hands alone, will not cause any harm to your baby. Be assured and relax. Your baby is safe. But, do not repeat any more flea baths for your dog during pregnancy. G...  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 »

Is tablet Cefpodoxime safe during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 8 weeks pregnant and tested positive for leukocytes. And my report states that no significant bacterial growth is seen. They prescribed me Cefpodoxime. Should I take it, and is it safe for the baby? Thanks.  Read Full »


Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The antibiotic prescribed is relatively safe during pregnancy. It would help if you took it, as there is a bacterial infection in your urinary tract, which is not very significant. But there are always chances of flaring up, which can lead to failure of p...  Read Full »

What are the risks of taking Amikacin antibiotic during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, My pregnant partner in the third trimester has been given Amikacin (aminoglycoside) to treat an E.coli UTI with 80,000 CFU/ml. The prescription is 1 gram for three days via intramuscular injection in the buttocks. In addition to this, Nitrofurantoin 100 g twice daily for ten days wa...  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me compliment you for the great understanding you have of the medical world. You are right, as Amikacin is known to cause side effects like problems in hearing for the fetus. Although Nitrofurantoin in animals has shown no impact on a fetus when given to a pr...  Read Full »

Is it fine to use Paraben containing skin products during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, Can a pregnant woman use Paraben containing products? How much Paraben is bad for fetal growth? What are Paraben free skin care products?  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Paraben is usually the preservative in most of the cosmetics. When used topically, there is no risk of systemic absorption. It does not affect the fetal growth and can be used in pregnancy. We could guide you much precisely if you mentioned the creams which you intend to...  Read Full »

Will medications cause weight gain during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is 28 weeks pregnant. I am having doubts regarding medication which she is taking. Our consultant prescribed the following three medicines from first week of her pregnancy. Tablet Promocal (calcium, vitamin D3 and magnesium). Tablet Ferofer (Sodium feredetate with vitamins and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read and understood your problem. The increase in weight may be due to difference in clothing or other things, but if it is true increase then water is accumulating in her body. Does she have swelling of feet? Under such a condition, salt intake is restricted. Her...  Read Full »

How is GBS treated during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, Currently, I am 37 weeks pregnant. I have planned to have C-section next week. Today, my doctor diagnosed a neonatal GBS infection inside my vagina. I would like to know about this infection and how can it affect my baby. Can my baby contract it before doing a C-section? What are the ris...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Katarya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. GBS (group B streptococcus) infection passes to the baby when the water breaks during the labor. If you have an infection of amniotic fluid or placenta or any high-grade fever or any previous baby with GBS, then antibiotics are given in these cases. In your case, yo...  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 remains Amitone (Amitryptiline) along with Flunarizine. Side effect profile of Amitone contains mostly sedation and weight g...  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 been 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. Jimesh H Mavani

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, ther...  Read Full »

Is Flagystatin vaginal pessary safe during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am taking Flagystatin pessary for the past ten days. They said it is pregnancy safe. I took a pregnancy test today, and it was positive. Could it be a false positive, or the urine will not be affected by the medication discharge? It is so confusing.  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Mam, the tablet is actually safe in pregnancy, meaning you can take it even during pregnancy. This drug does not prevent pregnancy. It is not a birth control pill. So, you might have been pregnant already, and that is ur...  Read Full »

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