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#1 epl0822

Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:38 PM

Considering the vast majority of medication (including basic cold medication or over the counter hayfever tablets) are offlimits to pregnant women, what did you do while you were TTC? Take medicines as normal? Suffer through illnesses just in case? WDYD?

#2 pixii

Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:45 PM

I have stopped taking everything except panadol if I need it and my prenatals and anything given by the naturopath

#3 FomoJnr

Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:47 PM

Take medicines as normal. I figure, so many women do worse things when they don't even know they're pregnant, so some cough medicine should be okay.
Of course, if I was violently ill, and my gp needed to prescribe something, I would mention we were ttc. But your average epharmacy off the shelf medicines should be ok

#4 elizabethany

Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:48 PM

For me it depended on the medication.  Thinks like cold and flu tablets, I didn't worry too much about.  You can change to panadol and polaramine (an antihistamine) for colds if you want to go Class A.

Some of my medications I needed to completely get rid of, mainly my arthritis medications, as they cause miscarriage and birth defects.  I had to be clear of those for 3 months before TTC.

Most medications that clear you system quickly (most over the counter medications) will not affect the baby, as it uses the yolk sac for weeks until the placenta kicks in.

If you are ever not sure about a medication, talk to your GP or pharmacist.

#5 Lilymag

Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:44 PM

I think anything over the counter would be fine until you have a confirmed BFP.

I'm TTC and on prescribed metformin for insulin resistance, and my dr already told me it's safe to take while trying but he would advise me to stop once I'm confirmed pg.

The thing is, I can't imagine there's many pg women lining up to do drug trials so they can prove they don't cause defects. So these medicines could very well be perfectly safe (well most of them) but the pharma companies aren't going to make a guarantee to that effect because of a lack of evidence.

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