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So how do you know which drugs are safest for you and your baby-to-be? The Food and Drug Administration ranks the following as the least harmful classes of drugs during pregnancy:

Category A

Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).

Category B

Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and 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 in any trimester.

Category C

Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Category D

There is positive evidence of human fetal risk base on adverse reaction data from investigation or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Category X

Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.

  • Class A and B are safe to take in pregnancy.

  • Class C is used if the benefits outweigh the potential risks.

  • DO NOT take Aspirin or Ibuprofen (Advil) during pregnancy.

  • Please see the partial list of medications/remedies below that you may take while pregnant.

    • Please contact your office if your drug does not appear on this list.

    • All drugs are a pregnancy category A or B, unless noted.

Allergies

Zyrtec

Benadryl

Claritin

Pain Relief

Tylenol

Heating pad (after 12 weeks)

Prenatal massage

Heartburn

Tums

Pepcid

Zantac

Tagamet

Prilosec - C

Nausea

Diclegis

Vitamin B6

Gaviscon

Zofran

Sea bands

Phenergan - C

Constipation

Colace

Senakot

Metamucil

Milk of Magnesia

Fibercon

Miralax

Simethicone

Diarrhea

Kaopectate

Immodium

Common Cold

Salt water garggles

Neti pot

Nasal Saline spray

Cough drops (as needed)

Guaifenesin

Robitussin - C

Mucinex - C

Sudafed - C

Iron Supplements

Vitron- C

Slow Fe

Itching Relief

Hydrocortisone 1% cream

Caladryl cream

Benadryl cream

Grandpa's Tar Soap

Antifungal

Monistat 3 or 7 day OTC

Nystatin - C

Terazol 7 - C

Antibiotics/Antivirals

Ampicillin

Amoxicillin

Dicloxacillin

Bactrim

Azithromycin

Clindamycin

Erythromycin

Macrobid

Keflex

Other

Albuterol Inhaler - C