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Old 02-15-2003, 07:57 AM   #1
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I have searched high and low for a topic that was posted a couple months ago --

It was a whole list of over the counter products that were safe to take during pregnancy. (Cold medicine, nausea, etc.).

Does anybody know where I could find that list? I know we can't post links, but I was hoping maybe you could cut and paste it!

Thanks so much! <IMG SRC="">

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Old 02-15-2003, 08:31 AM   #2
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Re: Help!

I found this.. hope it helps!

Safer OTCs

Allergy medications: Many, including the nasal spray Nasalcrom, and antihistamines such as Benadryl and Unisom

Antinausea drugs: Vitamin B6 (up to 100 milligrams daily), and other products, including Dramamine and Unisom

Constipation remedies: Stool softeners and other products, including Milk of Magnesia, Amphogel, and Maalox

Flu fighters: The flu vaccine. Caveat: If you're allergic to eggs or chicken, you shouldn't get this vaccine, which may contain egg protein.

Heartburn remedies: Many antacids, including Amphogel, Gelusil, and Maalox

Multivitamins: Many brands, as long as they don't include doses of vitamins or minerals far in excess of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI).
Caveat: Talk to your doctor about taking prenatal vitamin-mineral supplements, which are specially formulated for pregnant and nursing women.

Pain relievers: Acetaminophen, or Tylenol

Yeast Infection remedies: Most vaginal creams, including Monistat and Femizol-M

**Less safe OTCs**
Pain relievers: Aspirin at doses higher than 81 milligrams--the amount in "baby" aspirin. Motrin, Advil, and other brands of ibuprofen, as well as other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including naproxen sodium, and ketoprofen (All should be avoided after the second trimester.)

Constipation remedies: Mineral oil

Prescription Drugs
Though grabbing an OTC off the shelf is convenient, your doctor may be able to prescribe a drug that does the same job with a greater margin of safety. Many OTC cold remedies, for instance, are combinations of medicines--decongestants, cough suppressants, and antihistamines. If you've got a nasty cough and nothing else, having your doctor prescribe a cough suppressant, and nothing else, is a better bet. That way, you don't end up taking drugs you really don't need, Dr. Yankowitz says.

In general, older prescription drugs are a safer bet than the newest drugs on the market, simply because they've been used longer and we know more about them, he adds. Here's a list of some of the most commonly used drugs with cleaner, and not so clean, track records during pregnancy:

Safer prescription drugs

Antibiotics: Several major classes, including penicillin, cephalosporin, erythromycin, clindamycin

Asthma medications: Most inhaled medications, including inhaled steroids

Antacids: Many, including Zantac and Carafate

Antidepressants: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft; and tricyclic antidepressants, such as imipramine, sold as Tofranil, and amitriptyline, sold as Elavil

High blood pressure drugs: Several, including Aldomet, Normodyne, and Trandate
Less safe prescription drugs
Antibiotics: Tetracycline and doxycycline (avoid after the first trimester), streptomycin and kanamycin

Antiseizure drugs: Carbamazepine, sold as Tegretol or Carbatrol, and valproic acid

Migraine medications: Ergotamine drugs such as Ergomar and Bellamine
Unsafe prescription drugs
Acne medications: Accutane and other oral vitamin A compounds

Arthritis drugs: Arthrotec

Blood thinners: Warfarin, sold as Coumadin

High blood pressure medications: ACE inhibitors such as Lotensin, Accupril, Monopril (Avoid after the first trimester.)

Ulcer medications: Misoprostol, sold as Cytotec

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Old 02-15-2003, 08:35 AM   #3
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Re: Help!

Thats exactly what I was looking for!

Thanks again! <IMG SRC="">

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Old 02-16-2003, 01:15 PM   #4
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Re: Help!


You should NEVER take antihistimines unless directed by your OB/Midwife. I cant remember exactly what the problem is with it, but it can adversely affect a newborn baby if the mother has been taking antihistamines near delivery. Since no one really knows if they will deliver early, it is best to completely avoid it during the 3rd term.

Angel, et al

Old 02-17-2003, 09:35 AM   #5
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Re: Help!

That and avoid Ibuprofen in all of pregnancy is best. That most people know already. I heard for Robitussin it should only be the DM, but I did take the CF recently. Also only Tylenol regular strength. No Tylenol 3 or Tylenol Cold and Sinus. And to my simay no Tylenol Cold and Flu or Thera Flu type drinks. That really bummed me out. I hate seeing relief right on the shelf and not being able to get it.

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