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Is it safe to take medications that contain alcohol during pregnancy?

Is it safe to take medications that contain alcohol during pregnancy?

No: Alcohol is not safe in pregnancy and can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome. There is no known safe amount of alcohol in pregnancy. So once you know you are pregnant, you should stop all of it. This includes even the small amounts that are in some medicines. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take medications containing alcohol while pregnant?

Is it safe to take medications containing alcohol while pregnant?

Yes: Usually the medications that contain alcohol are cough suppressants and such. When used as recommended and for short duration it is ok. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take medications containing codeine while pregnant?

Is it safe to take medications containing codeine while pregnant?

Safe in pregnancy ?: This medication is considered relatively safe in pregnancy (category c). This level means some animal studies suggest fetal risk but no human studies have to date. Avoidance in late pregnancy is advised as the child born after exposure may have respiratory depression ...Read more

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Which medications are safe to take during pregnancy?

Which medications are safe to take during pregnancy?

Many are...: .. And many aren't. The list is too long and to complex for this forum. Consult with your obgyn for specifics. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for me to take allergy medications during pregnancy?

Is it dangerous for me to take allergy medications during pregnancy?

Depends: Claritin (loratadine) and Zyrtec (cetirizine) are pregnancy category B medications which means that animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus. I frequently use these medications with my pregnant patients. Allegra (fexofenadine) and many of the ingredients in cough meds are category C so avoid these medications if possible. If concerned, talk to OB/GYN about specific medications. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take medications for migraine during pregnancy?

Is it safe to take medications for migraine during pregnancy?

Yes: Some yes, some no. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) and (until 34 weeks) Ibuprofen are safe in pregnancy. Some doctors believe a small amount of Aspirin is safe in pregnancy, so Excedrin migraine can be very effective as well as tolerated in pregnancy. A big no goes to the tryptans -- imitrex, relpax, zomig, etc. As magical as they are for migraines, they are not safe in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take medications while pregnant?

Is it safe to take medications while pregnant?

Depends: It depends on the medication. Discuss the medication with your OB and decide if the benefits out weigh any risks. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take antiviral medications while pregnant?

Is it safe to take antiviral medications while pregnant?

Yes: This would depend on the specific drug, but the most common antiviral medications used in pregnancy are valcyclovir (valtrex) and acyclovir, both of which target the herpes viruses. They are both safe and can reduce your risk of a herpes outbreak around the time of delivery, which can be dangerous to a newborn. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) should be limited to known flu infection or exposure in the high risk. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take metanx during pregnancy?

Is it safe to take metanx during pregnancy?

Not known: No research has been done to see if metanx is safe for use during pregnancy. The U.S. Food and drug admin. (fda) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. However, metanx is a medical food. Medical foods do not require fda approval, and are not assigned a pregnancy category. Animal studies show no risk, discuss w OB dr. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take cold medications while pregnant?

Is it safe to take cold medications while pregnant?

Mostly Yes: Tylenol (acetaminophen) Sinus, Sudafed, Robitussin, ZiCam, and Mucinex are all generally safe in pregnancy. Very important to avoid aspirin and ibuprofen (Motrin) based drugs including Alka-seltzer. Colds do not require antibiotics unless a secondary infection develops such as a sinus infection, bronchitis, or pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take regular doses of medication in pregnancy?

It depends on....: The medication. Some medications are safe in pregnancy, some are absolutely contraindicated and some we simply don't know one way or the other. You need to discuss this issue with you obstetrician and be absolutely certain about any medication, over the counter agent, dietary supplement, etc. Before you take it. The stakes are just too high. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take antidepressants during pregnancy?

Is it ok to take antidepressants during pregnancy?

Varies: Most are cat c meaning concerns exist for animal studies and not proven safe in preg humans. There are times when a pt. And her baby are safer taking an antidepressant, esp if suicide is a risk. You and your physician can decide together what is best for you. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use oxyfend during pregnancy?

Not recommended: No pregnancy data, so would not recommend using it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take nevirapine during pregnant?

Yes: If you are already on Nevirapine from before pregnancy, it is safe to take during pregnancy - fda class b. Multiple studies have shown that pregnancy does not increase risk for Nevirapine side effects. ...Read more

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Which pain medications are safe to take during pregnancy?

Which pain medications are safe to take during pregnancy?

Limited options : Nothing is 100% safe in pregnancy. Doctors usually recommend Tylenol (acetaminophen) as directed on the bottle. Most will tell you to avoid NSAIDs (ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil). It's best to try to figure out the cause of the pain and see if there are other options (like heat for muscle soreness, etc.). ...Read more

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Is it bad to not take the prenatal vitamins during pregnancy?

Is it bad to not take the prenatal vitamins during pregnancy?

Better to take: Pnvs have benefits to both baby and mother- for moms, ensuring that depletion of iron, calcium and other nutrients is prevented is key. For babies, having folic acid, also calcium/ iron, and other essential nutrients fosters optimum growth and can help to prevent some birth defects. If moms don't take pnvs, they are missing out on these benefits. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take your medicines during pregnancy?

Depends : It depends on what medicines you're taking. Discuss each medication with your doctor and find out if it should be used during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take medications that contain alcohol during pregnancy?

No: Alcohol is not safe in pregnancy and can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome. There is no known safe amount of alcohol in pregnancy. So once you know you are pregnant, you should stop all of it. This includes even the small amounts that are in some medicines. ...Read more

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Is kevita sparkling probiotics drink safe during pregnancy? (Said something about small trace amounts of alcohol)

Is kevita sparkling probiotics drink safe during pregnancy? (Said something about small trace amounts of alcohol)

No problem: Kombucha typically has very small amounts of alcohol. That by itself would not be harmful to use in pregnancy. Along with that the probiotics and nutritional content of those drinks offer many health benefits. ...Read more

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Is isopropyl alcohol safe to smell during pregnancy? I'm currently 10 weeks pregnant and smelling alcohol helps me not vomit.

Is isopropyl alcohol safe to smell during pregnancy? I'm currently 10 weeks pregnant and smelling alcohol helps me not vomit.

Isopropyl alcohol: No it is not safe to inhale very much vapor from isopropyl alcohol as it is toxic to the system and could harm your pregnancy. Try small amounts of aromatic oils e.g. Aromatherapy or some herbs to get good effects. Try things like peppermint or lavender for relief as they are safe. ...Read more

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Is the use of flat iron spray w/argon oil and and lotion for stretch marks w/vite, collagen, cocoa butter safe during pregnancy? Many prods w/alcohol

Is the use of flat iron spray w/argon oil and  and lotion for stretch marks w/vite, collagen, cocoa butter safe during pregnancy? Many prods w/alcohol

Yes, however...: All of these should be quite safe. Alcohol should not be significantly absorbed into your skin, certainly not enough to harm your baby. However, some skin products do contain chemicals that can harm fetuses. Visit http://www.Ewg.Org/skindeep/ to check these products (it does mention moderate hazard of flat iron spray due to allergy potential but it has low developmental ; reproductive toxicity). ...Read more

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Is 0.0% alcohol safe in pregnancy?

Is 0.0% alcohol safe in pregnancy?

Well that depends : On what product has 0.0..?% alcohol in it. Also what type of alcohol are we talking about? Methanol, ethanol, isopropanol? And what was this replaced with? More details about the product you intend to consume and for what purpose is necessary in order to provide a meaningful answer. In general, it is best to consume no products containing any amount of ethanol during pregnancy. ...Read more

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If I drank alcohol during my pregnancy, can that cause cardiomyopathy in my child?

If I drank alcohol during my pregnancy, can that cause cardiomyopathy in my child?

Unlikely: Amoung the original children reported with fetal alcohol syndrome the heart issues were discribed as transient murmurs or vsd(hole between lower chambers).A dose relatred effect was seen in the syndrome and many of these mothers succomed to etoh disease within a year. For cardiomyopathy you are more likely looking at acquired viral infections or rare inherited metabolic disorders (with other pbs). ...Read more

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What are the bad effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding.?

What are the bad effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding.?

No: The early reports of fetal alcohol effects surfaced first in the 1950's& again in the 70's. The most prominent effects were dose related; the worst fetal damage to the highest alcohol intake. Research has shown direct toxic effects of alcohol on the nerves of the fetal brain & many suggest much of the ADD we see today is related to alcohol intake. No level of alcohol intake is considered safe. ...Read more

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What are the negative effects of alcohol consumption during breastfeeding and pregnancy?

Brain injury: The early reports of fetal alcohol effects surfaced first in the 1950's & again in the 70's. The most prominent effects were dose related; the worst fetal damage to the highest alcohol intake. Research has shown direct toxic effects of alcohol on the nerves of the fetal brain,many suggest much of the ADD we see is related to alcohol intake. No level of alcohol intake is considered safe ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to drink alcohol if I have a molar pregnancy?

Is it safe for me to drink alcohol if I have a molar pregnancy?

Yes: But when is your d& c planned? It would be a good idea to stop a week before( if you have that much notice) as alcohol contributes to bleeding. Take care of yourself ! ...Read more

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Can I take dexorange in 4 the month of pregnancy and it has alcohol content of 5.5v/v.due to its alcohol content any problem is there?

Can I take dexorange in 4 the month of pregnancy and it has alcohol content of 5.5v/v.due to its alcohol content any problem is there?

Alcohol/pregnancy: It is generally advised that alcohol in any form is not approved in pregnancy. The tendency to have more is a hard habit to break. Remember, the fetus does not have the compensatory mechanisms to deal with alcohol as do adults. ...Read more

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Bleeding after drinking alcohol during pregnancy?

Bleeding after drinking alcohol during pregnancy?

Bleeding: Depends on where you are bleeding from. Some people get alcoholic gastritis and bleed from their stomachs, etc. If you mean bleeding from vagina, please see your ob-gyn physician. Also, please don't drink alcohol at all when pregnant. This compromises your baby's development, and is not fair to him or her. ...Read more

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How does drug/alcohol use result in teen pregnancy?

How does drug/alcohol use result in teen pregnancy?

Alcohol and drugs: Disinhibit us humans. This means that we will do things when high that we would never do sober! ...Read more

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Will drinking during pregnancy always result in fetal alcohol syndrome?

Will drinking during pregnancy always result in fetal alcohol syndrome?

Not always, but...: Alcohol can damage a baby's brain causing cognitive, learning, emotional and behavior problems. We don't know how much alcohol it takes, but we do know that drinking too much on just a few occasions can cause FAS even if you don't drink at all during the rest of the pregnancy! best option—no drinking while pregnant. Next best—stop drinking as early as possible in pregnancy. ...Read more

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If alcohol were to do damage during 3rd week of pregnancy what would it be? Based on 2-4 glasses of wine per day during 3rd week only.

If alcohol were to do damage during 3rd week of pregnancy what would it be? Based on 2-4 glasses of wine per day during 3rd week only.

Difficult to say: Maybe none. There is a wide spectrum of disorders and abnormalities that can occur when mothers consume alcohol. The big concern is that it affects the developing brain, and the fetus brain is developing throughout the pregnancy. That's why the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Association has a campaign that says " Not A Drop". We really don't know of safe levels of alcohol consumption. ...Read more