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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I have undergone heart valve replacement and taking tablet Acitrom. Can I become pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a heart patient. I had two open-heart surgery for my valve replacement. I have a mechanical valve, and I need to take anticoagulants daily. At present I am on Acitrom 2 mg.I need to ask whether I can become pregnant after all these complications. Is it possible to become a mother f...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Acitrom (Nicoumalone) is not safe in pregnancy. You may have to switch to low molecular weight Heparin subcutaneous injection twice daily. Anti-Xa levels must be checked after four to six hours of injection, and the target anti-Xa levels are 0.8 - 1.2 U/mL. The drug...  Read Full »

Is it safe for me to take Oxycodone in the thirtieth week of my pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am currently 30 weeks pregnant. I am scheduled to get my wisdom tooth extracted in a few days. My obstetrician gave my dentist the approval to prescribe analgesics for pain. But, I am worried since I have not taken anything for the pain my entire pregnancy besides Tylenol for headach...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The fear of congenital anomalies in the baby lasts till the 14th week of gestation, that is, till the organs are formed. Now that you are at the 30th week, where organs are well formed, Oxycodone may be used for pain-relief, for less than a week. It will not have any e...  Read Full »

Is it a must to avoid Diclofenac during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is 34 weeks pregnant. Because of severe wrist pain, she had Diclofenac tablets for five days. Now, we are worried after reading on internet that Diclofenac should be avoided during pregnancy. Will it cause any danger to her pregnancy? Please help us doctor.  Read Full »


Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, stop the medicine now. Yes, Diclofenac should not be taken during pregnancy. The risk is much more when the organ of the fetus develops that is in the first 10 to 12 weeks of pregnancy. Thus, you are lucky enough that she is at 34 weeks and the...  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 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 »

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 Kamal

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 »

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