Medicines to Avoid When Pregnant

Reviewed by Neha Pathak, MD on March 19, 2021
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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:


Ask Your Doctor:

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Women's "Pregnancy and medicines fact sheet."

FDA: "Medicine and Pregnancy." 

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