Posts Tagged ‘prescriptions’

Pills and pregnancy – what’s safe and what’s not

Friday, January 18th, 2013

pillsYou may have been taking meds for a chronic condition for years. Some are fine to continue during pregnancy and some won’t be safe for a developing baby. It’s important to check with your doc before you conceive, if you’re planning ahead, so that you can be shifted to a safer alternative, if necessary.

But let’s face it, more than half of all pregnancies are not planned. Once you find out, you may have questions about your meds during pregnancy.  So how do you know if what you’re taking is still OK? The most important thing is to talk with your health care provider. He/she knows you and your medical history best and can make whatever adjustments are best for you. Don’t stop taking your medication, however, without your doc’s knowledge.

In the meantime, there is an excellent organization that can help give you valuable information about the safety of medications during pregnancy. The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) is a group of highly trained professionals who are dedicated to providing accurate evidence-based, clinical information to patients and health care professionals about medications (prescription or over-the-counter), vaccines, chemical and other exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  They can tell you whether a mother’s exposure might be harmful to her baby. Their toll-free number is 866-626-6847 and calls are kept anonymous and confidential. You can read a number of their fact sheets at this link.

Ear infections and antibiotics

Friday, November 13th, 2009

19168604_thbBacteria have been around for more than 3 billion years and have plenty of practice in fighting antibiotics. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians issued treatment guidelines for middle ear infections that include, in certain cases, delaying prescriptions for antibiotics. There are concerns that the bacteria that cause middle ear infections, or Acute Otitis Media, are becoming resistant to antibiotics. In reality, 80 percent of children with Acute Otitis Media get better without antibiotics. Plus, each antibiotic given to a child can make future infections more difficult to treat. This creates drug-resistant bacteria, which a child can pass along to siblings and classmates. Also, antibiotics can cause diarrhea or vomiting, and up to 5 percent of children are allergic to them. If you have questions about middle ear infections, talk with your pediatrician. For more information on your child’s health, visit

9 questions to ask your provider before you get pregnant

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

There are things you can do, before you get pregnant, to help give your baby a better chance of a healthy and full-term birth. See your health care provider before pregnancy and ask about the following topics.

What do I need to know about…

1. Diabetes, high blood pressure, infections or other health problems?
2. Medicines or home remedies?
3. Taking a multivitamin pill with folic acid in it each day?
4. Getting to a healthy weight before pregnancy?
5. Smoking, drinking alcohol and taking illegal drugs?
6. Unsafe chemicals or other things I should stay away from at home or at work?
7. Taking care of myself and lowering my stress?
8. How long to wait between pregnancies?
9. My family history, including premature birth?