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Pregnancy Care

Safety of medications

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When you are pregnant, it is important to be careful about taking any medications, even over-the-counter drugs. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these guidelines for pregnant women:
-Always check with your doctor before you take any supplement, vitamin or over-the-counter medication.
-Speak to your doctor about the need to avoid taking any medication during your first trimester.
-Aacetaminophen (paracetamol) is usually a safe option for short-term relief of pain, but check with your doctor before taking it. Do not take Aspirin or other painkiller.
-Avoid medications that are extra-strength or long-acting.
-Do not take combination medications that are meant to treat multiple symptoms.

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