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    Whooping Cough Vaccine Is Safe for Pregnant Women

    A new study from the United Kingdom concludes that that the whooping cough vaccine is safe for women in their third trimester of pregnancy. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious disease. Pertussis has recently experienced a rapid increase in infections resulting in the death of some infected newborns. Because of the increase in […] More

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    Using Antipsychotic Medication During Pregnancy Affects Babies

    The use of antipsychotic medication during pregnancy can affect the health of the baby, says a new seven-year observational study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Although many women take antipsychotic medication during pregnancy to treat various psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, major depression, and bipolar disorder, the safety of such drugs on a developing baby […] More

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    NSAIDs Like Ibuprofen Do Not Increase Risk of Miscarriage

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) and naproxen (Aleve) are increasingly used by pregnant women to treat pain, fever, and inflammation during the first trimester of pregnancy. Now a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) confirms that women who use NSAIDS during pregnancy do not have an increased […] More

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    Acetaminophen (Tylenol) During Pregnancy Linked to Behavioral Disorders in Children

    Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Genapap, Feverall, Actamin Maximum Strength, Altenol, Aminofen, Apra, Aceta, Tempra, Paracetamol, Apo-Acetaminophen, Panadol, Dymadon, Calpol) is a Category B drug during pregnancy: B. No Evidence of Risk in Humans Adequate, well-controlled studies in pregnant women have not shown increased risk of fetal abnormalities despite adverse findings in animals, or, in the absence of […] More

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    Contraindicated Drugs to Avoid During Breastfeeding: Category L5 Medications

    From Acitretin to Vinorelbine, learn about the most common medications deemed contraindicated during breastfeeding with the following general overview of category L5 drugs. Medication Pregnancy Risk Category Breastfeeding Risk Category Acitretin (Soriatane) X L5 Aliskiren (Tekturna, Valturna, Tekturna HCT) C (first trimester) D (second, third trimester) L3 L5 (in premature infants) Aminopterin X L5 Amiodarone […] More

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    Contraindicated Drugs to Avoid During Pregnancy: Category X Medications

    From Acitretin to Warfarin, learn about the most common medications deemed contraindicated during pregnancy with the following general overview of category X drugs. Medication Pregnancy Risk Category Breastfeeding Risk Category Acitretin (Soriatane) X L5 Aminopterin X L5 Anastrozole (Arimidex) X L5 Atorvastatin (Lipitor, Caduet, Atorvastatin Calcium) X L3 Black Cohosh X L4 Blue Cohosh (Blue […] More

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    Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Risk Categories: Herbs, Minerals, and Vitamins

    From Acorus Calamus to Zinc Salts, learn about the safety of the most common herbs, minerals, and vitamins during pregnancy and breastfeeding with the following general overview of herbs, minerals, and vitamins. Herb/Mineral/Vitamin Pregnancy Risk Category Breastfeeding Risk Category Acorus Calamus (Sweet Flag Root) Possibly Hazardous L4 Aloe Vera Possibly Hazardous L3 Ascorbic Acid (Ascorbicap, Cecon, […] More

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    Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Risk Categories: Vaccines

    From Anthrax to Yellow Fever, learn about the safety of the most common vaccines during pregnancy and breastfeeding with the following general overview of vaccines. Vaccine Pregnancy Risk Category Breastfeeding Risk Category Anthrax Vaccine C L3 Cholera Vaccine (Dukoral) C L3 Diphtheria + Tetanus + Pertussis Vaccine (DTap/Tdap/DTP) B L2 Diphtheria + Tentanus Vaccine (DT, […] More

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    Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Risk Categories: Medications Z

    From Zafirlukast to Zuclopenthixol, learn about the safety of the most common medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding with the following general overview of drugs that begin with the letter Z. Medication Pregnancy Risk Category Breastfeeding Risk Category Zafirlukast (Accolate) B L3 Zaleplon (Sonata, Starnoc) C L2 Zanamivir (Relenza) C L3 Zidovudine (Retrovir, Combivir, Novo-Azt) C L3 […] More

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