Pregnancy Safe Drugs

Drugs that are safe to take when a woman is pregnant is called pregnancy-safe drugs. Some medicines like Tetracycline, Ibuprofen, Isotretinoin, Thalidomide, etc., should be avoided during pregnancy, as it might affect the developing fetus. It is best to consult your doctor before taking any medicine during pregnancy.

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I am a 23-year-old pregnant female suffering from persistent fever and headache. Is Panadol safe?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 23 years old female. I have been pregnant for 20 weeks now; my complaint is I have a fever and headache. Last night I went to the hospital, and they gave me nutrition and other things; they said it is safe for pregnancy, and I felt good after it, but this morning my temperature ...  Read Full »

Dr. Varunbabu Aucha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You can take a tablet of Panadol (Paracetamol); depending on the temperature, you can take it thrice daily. Do cold tepid sponging (normal tap water). Paracetamol is a safe drug. If fever persists, do consult a nearby gynecologist for an opinion.  Read Full »

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 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 »

I had sex on a safe day and got periods two days later but the home pregnancy kit shows positive result after a month. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,Can I believe the results from the home pregnancy test kits? My boyfriend penetrated me one month back, and I got my period two days later. I got it as expected. As I knew that the day we had sex fell under safe period, I did not have I-pill as I was expecting my period, and I also got ...  Read Full »

Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you get a urine pregnancy test done from a laboratory because if you read the test after 10 to 15 minutes, it may give a positive result. As you got your menses, the chance of pregnancy seems very less. The timing seems to be the safe period. Feel free to ask...  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 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 »

I am a 29-year-old female. I have been on pain killers for the past year, will I have any pregnancy complications?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29-year-old female, and I have anterolisthesis. I have pain in my leg and lower back L5-S1. I have been on pain medication for the past year. Now I am pregnant, just confirmed. Can I continue my pregnancy? Or will I have complications in pregnancy and delivery? Please suggest if I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Lokesh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Anterolisthesis can have some complications in pregnancy, like more pain. But not specific to pregnancy itself. You can surely continue with the pregnancy. Please answer the following questions, 1) What is your grade of spondylolisthesis? 2) Have you done an x-ray before...  Read Full »

Can Loratadine help treat runny nose in a pregnant woman?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33-year-old female and I am pregnant. I have a cough and runny nose for four years. I am taking Loratadine only. Kindly suggest me an antibiotic. I am currently on tablet Loratadine, tablet Aldomet and multivitamins with folic acid, and tablet Aspirin. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Albana Greca

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It seems you are allergic taking Loratadine. You need to consult with your doctor. If bacterial lung infection is confirmed then you can start antibiotics. Apply Menthol Balm on the chest and shoulders to ease stiffness. Aerosol therapy can help together with mult...  Read Full »

I suffer from horrible tension headaches and take the tablet Fioricet for pain. Is it safe during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor,Sometimes, I suffer from horrible tension headaches that turn into full-blown migraines. I do visit a neurologist for the same problem. He suggested me magnesium and vitamin B. We are planning to have a child. The tablet Fioricet is effective for my headache problem. I want to know your...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern and would help you out. The only drug safe in pregnancy is Acetaminophen as a painkiller. There are many reported cases of seizures in newborns whose mothers took tablet Fioricet (Acetaminophen, Butalbital, and Caffeine) during pregnancy. That i...  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 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 »

Is tablet Maintane safe during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I have got two pink lines on the home pregnancy kit, which is not so dark three days back. My period was due around eight days ago. I took a tablet Primolut last month to delay my periods for my marriage purpose. As I did not get periods for two months, I checked for PCOS three years bac...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, To start with, congratulations on your pregnancy. A home urine pregnancy test detects the presence of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in urine and the brightness of the lines increases with the amount of hCG present...  Read Full »

My wife got chickenpox during pregnancy. What are the risks?

Query: Hi doctor,My wife is 7 months pregnant. We found red rashes on her body two days back. Today, two of them found as blisters. We met the doctor and she said it as chickenpox. Can you advise the precautions we need to take? Also, what are the risks associated with this? She is currently on Amoxicilli...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The chances are good that your baby would be fine. If you get chickenpox during the first or second trimester, then there is a slight risk (less than 2 percent) that your baby could get congenital varicella syndrome. The risk is highest if you are infected between w...  Read Full »

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