Certain Prescriptions Can Be Dangerous During Pregnancy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/17/07

Certain Prescriptions Can Be Dangerous During Pregnancy

New research brings unsettling news about the number of women who leave the doctor's office with a prescription but without advice on what could happen if you get pregnant while taking that prescription.

Certain drugs are common and considered safe unless a woman takes them while she is pregnant. The report in the Annals of Internal Medicine reviewed more than a million prescriptions filled by more than 400,000 women in a year's time and they found that only half these women received contraceptive counseling when filling a prescription that could be dangerous during pregnancy.

"I think doctors probably in general try to do best they can but with time restraints these kinds of things do probably get forgotten. Women are having children older and older these days so maybe we should be more concerned about these drugs," said Jaqueline Thielen, MD, Internal Medicine.

The study emphasizes that whether you intend to have more children or not, if you are still able to have a child, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist about potential risks during pregnancy before taking any medication.

Among the list of drugs considered unsafe during pregnancy is Accutane and some cholesterol medications.

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