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Is It Safe To Take Phenylephrine While Pregnant
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Yes: Sudafed is commonly used for swollen nasal tissue in pregnancy, or "rhinitis of pregnancy". Be careful with it if you have high blood pressure or anxiety issues, and realize it will dehydrate you somewhat. I like the 12 hour pills, and generally can only take one in the morning. Taking it in the evening frequently causes insomnia. For every sudafed tablet drink an additional 12 ounces of water. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, but not much.: Maternal use of standard otc doses of robitussin dm when used as an antitussive during the first trimester of pregnancy has not been found to increase the risk of teratogenic effects. Dextromethorphan should be avoided during pregnancy, though, due to its respiratory depressant and potential addictive effects on the mother-fetus unit. ...Read more
Probably safe: Zzzquil basically contains diphenhydramine (benadryl) and alcohol. Diphenhydramine is categorized as a class B drug for pregnant women (May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk with no available human studies, or animal studies show minor risks and human studies showed no risk.) Most class B drugs are considered relatively safe in pregnancy. With normal dosing, alcohol negligible. ...Read more
Yes, but...: We do try to avoid narcotics when we can. Vicodin has a narcotic and tylenol (acetaminophen) in it. The narcotic does get to the baby a bit. Babies born after mom has been on a narcotic every day for a while do go through a withdrawal. So we try to avoid it, especially long term. But for an acute pain, it is safe in pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Ibuprofen is an NSAID and you should not take this in pregnancy unless directed by your obstetrician for a few very specific indications. For fever, headaches and pains that you might take Ibuprofen for outside of pregnancy take tylenol (acetaminophen) for in pregnancy unless you are allergic to tylenol (acetaminophen) or have liver disease. Alleve is also not to be taken in pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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 studies found problems, or there are no animal or human studies available. It is necessary to determine whether or not the risks of the medicine outweigh the benefits, and this should be done in conversation with the prescribing physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe, maybe not: Phenelzine is a class c which means there is some possible evidence of fetal effects, but no controlled studies have been done. Most medications are in this class. As with any medication, it is important to weigh the risk to both yourself and your baby compared to the benefit. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Phenetermine is a type of amphetamine which is used for weight loss and appetite suppression. Amphetamines should be avoided in pregnancy. Amphetamine use in pregnancy can be dangerous for the baby. Pregnancy is a time for healthy eating not dieting or suppressing appetite. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: It is likely to be safe, but it is a pregnancy class c drug, meaning no human studies have been done with this drug to show safety in pregnancy. It may prolong labor because of how the drug works to relax uterine muscle. The class of drug Felodipine belongs to is sometimes used to try to stop preterm labor. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not so much: The ace inhibitor meds which include ramipril are considered category c (possibly safe) in the first trimester but move into category d later in pregnancy because of increased fetal & neonatal problems. Some can pass in breast milk but risk in breast feeding is considered minimal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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