What medication can I take during pregnancy?
I’m a migraine sufferer and I’m planning to get pregnant… what medication can I take during pregnancy?
The first thing to do is talk to your doctor!
Most medical studies exclude pregnant women (we are always more careful in this situation), which makes proof of the safety of a medicine hard to get.
Usually, Tylenol, Gravol, and Diclectin (anti-nausea medication) are considered safe, but have to be used sparingly. Anti-inflammatory drugs (Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen) have to be avoided at all cost during the third trimester, because they can pose a danger to the fetus. During the second trimester, the situation needs to be examined with a doctor.
Triptans (Imitrex, Zomig, Relpax, Axert, Maxalt, Frova, Amerge), DHE (dihydroergotamine) and ergotamine (Cafergot) are contraindicated during pregnancy. However, if you have taken one of these medications when you did not know you were pregnant, don’t panic! Some data (registers of observation) are comforting and a single dose should not have damaging consequences.
You doctor can give you information on the categorization of the medicine you will be taking to treat your migraines during pregnancy. This Toronto-based organization’s website is very useful: http://www.motherisk.org/women/drugs.jsp