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Pregnancy is an essential stage in procreation process. Indiscriminate use of drugs should be avoided in pregnancy. If for any reason, you have to take a medication in pregnancy other than your routine antenatal drug, inform your doctor before doing so. Below are ten drugs that a pregnant woman should avoid:

Pregnancy and medicines
  1. Aspirin: Aspirin is a drug used to relieve pain and fever. People at risk of heart problem also use it because of its anti-platelet property. However, it must be avoided in pregnancy because it can cause excessive bleeding during delivery. High dose has also been found to affect the growth of a growing baby in the uterus.
  2. Tetracycline: Tetracycline is a potent antibiotics. It should be avoided in pregnancy because it can cause permanent discolouration of the teeth otherwise call enamel hypoplasia.
  3. Lisinopril: This is an anti-hypertensive. However, it is best avoided in pregnancy because it can cause irreversible kidney damage to the fetus.
  4. Diclofenac: The use of diclofenac in third trimester should be avoided. It can cause heart problem in the child.
  5. Fluconazole: It is an antifungal drug. Use of fluconazole in pregnancy causes miscarriage hence, CDC recommend topical formulation in pregnancy.
  6. Bismuth Subsalicylate: It is a drug used in heartburn but pregnant women should avoid it because it can cause bleeding during pregnancy and birth defect.
  7. Ibuprofen: Use of ibuprofen repeatedly in pregnancy can damage your baby’s heart.
  8. Carbamazepine: This drug is used as anti-epileptic and antipsychotic. However, its use in pregnancy can cause serious skin damage to your growing baby.
  9. Fansidar (Sulfadoxine/ Pyrimethamine): This can be used ONLY after you have started experiencing repeated fetal kick in pregnancy. It is given within 16-36 weeks of gestation. If given before 16 weeks, its antifolate property is teratogenic. If given after 36 weeks, it can cause neonatal jaundice.
  10. Alcohol: It is advisable to avoid this COMPLETELY in pregnancy especially in the first trimester!!!