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Are Certain Medicines Off-Limits During Pregnancy?

I just found out that I’m expecting. I’m curious — are there some medicines I can’t take now?

Women should steer clear of many medicines during pregnancy. Even common over-the-counter (OTC) medications that are generally safe might be off-limits because of their possible effects on a developing baby. Certain prescription medicines also can cause problems, as can herbal remedies and supplements.

If you were prescribed a medication before you became pregnant for an illness, disease, or condition that you still have, talk with your doctor, who can help you weigh the potential benefits and risks of continuing your prescription. Let any health care provider that you see know that you’re pregnant.

And check with your doctor before taking any medicines (including prescriptions, OTC medicines, herbal remedies, and supplements) to see which are safe to take during pregnancy, even if they seem like no big deal.

Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
Date reviewed: July 2015