Safety / Contraindications of Common Drugs in the First Trimester

When a woman becomes pregnant she automatically becomes in tune with her fetus and worries over every little detail. That includes taking prescription drugs and their possible effects on the fetus. The following are some of the popular drugs woman have questions about during the first trimester.

-Vicodin
To date the effects of Vicodin on a pregnant woman and her fetus have not been studied in detail. As a result a pregnant woman should not take Vicodin unless specifically prescribed to do so by her physician. Taking old Vicodin you have on hand while pregnant is not a good idea.

When Vicodin is taken regularly by the mother the baby frequently develops a dependence on the drug. Additionally, babies may have labored breathing if the drug is taken right before delivery. So, Vicodin should not be taken in the first trimester unless there is an overwhelming reason to do so.

-Flagyl
This drug crosses the placenta and enters the fetal bloodstream fairly quickly. No well controlled studies of pregnant women and flagyl have been conducted. Studies done on mice do not show that Flagyl is a safe drug to take during pregnancy although the studies dont render it completely unsafe either. Although the drug crosses the placenta it is unclear its effects on the fetus. But, if you are pregnant you should only take Flagyl if it is medically necessary and recommended by your doctor.

-Klonopin
Klonopin should only be used by pregnant women when the risk to the fetus is less than the gain to the mother. Other drugs of the benxodiaxepine class increase the risk of congenital abnormalities so it is believed that Klonopin may do the same. Women taking this drug who become pregnant or who continue to take the drug throughout pregnancy should know about the risks to the fetus.

-Adipex
The effects of Adipex to the fetus have not been studied enough to determine the effects. As a result women who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant should discuss their wishes with their doctor before taking or continuing to take Adipex.

-Xenical
Xenical is not recommended to pregnant women because the effects of the drug on the fetus are not known. Your doctor should be informed immediately if you become pregnant while taking Xenical or if you plan on becoming pregnant while taking the drug.

-Ultram
Women who are pregnant or who plan on becoming pregnant should not take Ultram. There have been several incidents of women taken Ultram during pregnancy and the fetus was harmed significantly as a result. Let your doctor know immediately if you become pregnant while taking Ultram.

-Lexapro
In the third trimester many newborns have developed serious complications when their mothers took Lexapro. As a result pregnant women should not take Lexapro unless the potential risks are outweighed by a bigger overall benefit for the expectant mother. If you are pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant and you take Lexapro then contact your doctor immediately.