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Health Tip: Watch Medication Use During Pregnancy

Here's what medical experts recommend

(HealthDay News) -- Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should be careful about taking medications.

Ask your doctor about taking prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins or supplements during pregnancy. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends:

  • Check with your doctor before you take any drug, in particular for cough, constipation, diarrhea, nausea or congestion.
  • Be especially wary of drug use during the first trimester of pregnancy, when the fetus is at greatest risk of acquiring developmental problems.
  • Do not use aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Acetaminophen (Tylenol), however, is typically safe for occasional use.
  • Avoid medications labeled "long-acting" or "maximum/extra strength," as well as combination medications that treat multiple symptoms.

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