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is it safe to take castor oil while pregnant

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Dr. Haider Goussous
62 years experience General Surgery
Most of the time yes: Most of the time it is safe, but you better check with you ob.

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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Whiting
26 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Talk to your ob: Castor oil causes diarrhea. In the process, it can cause some uterine contractions. It is not directly harmful to the baby. However, inducing your ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Kristina McCaughtry
20 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends...: Castor oil is a great way to have a bowel movement. if you are close to entering labor on your own, the cramping from your colon may stir up contracti ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience Pediatrics
No: Although castor oil might be safe when used for starting labor in pregnant women at term, it should not be used without the supervision of a healthcar ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Probably not: Lots of reported use for this supplement, but i know of none in pregnancy. It is unstudied but considered with caution in preg., poss safe in breast ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
No: Restasis is a diluted version of cyclosporine, which is a drug used to prevent organ transplant rejection. Although highly improbable that this eye-d ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Fish oil is an excellent source of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, DHA & ara. These fatty acids have been known to enhance cognitive function ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Yes: Resveratrol is an "anti-aging" antioxidant found in red wine. As a health and wellness physician, I am a big supporter of many supplements which may ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Gorski
38 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No one knows!: It may say "spirulina" on the bottle but how do you know what's really in it? Why would you want to take this anyway? Don't believe all the crazy cl ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Megan Bird
18 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
We don't know: Echinacea is a herb that is commonly taken for wound healing and to stimulate the immune system. Unfortunately, there is just one study and it was too ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Olson
33 years experience Family Medicine
Maybe: Beano is a simethicone anti-gas agent that is not absorbed for the bowel. It is ok for gas, but does nothing for heartburn.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Ubiquanol: I am unaware of any literature that progibits use of ubiquanol with thyroid medicine. If you are pregnant, congratulations, you still can take ubiquan ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Yes but only under the direction of a doctor and usually for very specific medical problems only.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Yes: Finacea is a topical gel containing azelaic acid, and is used to treat mild to moderate rosacea. Finacea is considered fda pregnancy category b -- th ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
No: Lumigan is used for glaucoma and has not been tested in pregnancy. However, when used in prescription doses during pregnancy, no dangerous effects hav ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: It is a category c drug which means you can use it if you have a good reason for it.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristina McCaughtry
20 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Niclosamide is used to treat intestinal worms and is a catagory b medication in pregnancy. It may be safe to use during breast feeding. Make sure yo ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Not considered safe: Authorities widely caution against it saying it "may increase risk of developmental disorders." no one knows for sure becuase no one gives meds to pre ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tineke Malus
10 years experience Environmental Health
Handle with care: Flaxseed oil is a good source of some healthy fats. It does not provide a compete omega profile as does a high quality fish oil. Flax oil is also more ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes. : No significant interaction here.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Possibly not: Fluorometholone is listed as "category c, " as are the other steroid eye drops I am familiar with. "category c" = risk may exist; either animal studi ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Keathley
23 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: This is not an absolute no. Generally we recommend against Aspirin use during pregnancy, however, there are some conditions in which Aspirin therapy ... Read More

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