Safe Medications for Common Pregnancy Complaints
It’s 2 a.m. and you’ve been up all night with cold symptoms. You wonder what is safe to take during your pregnancy and what you should avoid. Below is a list of the FDA categories for drug use during pregnancy, as well as a guide to safe medications for use with minor symptoms. As always, you should consult with your doctor or midwife before using any of the medications listed below.
Current Categories for Drug Use in Pregnancy
|A||Adequate, well-controlled studies in pregnant women have not shown an increased risk of fetal abnormalities.|
|B||Animal studies have revealed no evidence of harm to the fetus, however, there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. or Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus.|
|C||Animal studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. or No animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.|
|D||Studies, adequate well-controlled or observational, in pregnant women have demonstrated a risk to the fetus. However, the benefits of therapy may outweigh the potential risk.|
|X||Studies, adequate well-controlled or observational, in animals or pregnant women have demonstrated positive evidence of fetal abnormalities. The use of the product is contraindicated in women who are or may become pregnant.|
|Condition||Safe Medications to Take During Pregnancy*|
|Cold and Flu||
*Do not take "SA" (sustained action) forms of these drugs or the "Multi-Symptom" forms of these drugs.
|Diarrhea||For 24 hours, only after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
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