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Medicines to Avoid When Pregnant

The rule about taking medicines during pregnancy is simple: Always ask your doctor first. That includes questions about prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. You should definitely not take some medicines. For others -- the yellow flags -- your doctor may need to weigh the risks and benefits to you and your baby. Here is a basic guide:

Avoid:

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
  • Herbs, minerals, amino acids, and regular vitamins
  • Isotretinoin (Accutane) taken for acne
  • Thalidomide (Thalomid) taken for a type of skin disease

Ask Your Doctor:

  • Certain antidepressants
  • Lithium for bipolar disorder
  • Phenytoin (Dilantin) for seizures
  • Certain cancer chemotherapies
  • Fluconazole (Diflucan) for yeast infections
  • Albuterol (Ventolin) for asthma

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH on July 31, 2014

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