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Forum Name: Obstetrics

Question: Medication while you are pregnant

 fergie2000 - Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:58 pm

I'm a female in my mid twenties. I consider myself healthy and do not have any medical problems, such a high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer. I also have not had any surgeries. I think I'm 6 weeks pregnant with my second child. I just found out I was pregnant a few days ago. I'm on pain medication from some problems w/ my back and shoulder. I'm not sure what caused these problems, but I have been checked out by more than 1 doctor. What pain medications if any are safe to take? I was taking 3-4 a day and I just try to take 1 now, but sometimes the pain is so bad it interferes with my life.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:25 pm

User avatar I would not worry too much about the medications. Pregnant women often require even strong pain relievers that are considered safe in pregnancy when they have a condition that indicates their use.

In the ideal world, we would recommend that you take acetaminophen (Tylenol) as the first line in pain relievers but others are considered safe when necessary. Usually we advise you to stay away from aspirin and ibuprofen because your blood clotting could be affected.

Whenever you take medications in pregnancy it is wise to consult with the doctor or nurse midwife who is caring for you.

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