By Bonnie Azoulay Elmann, Mar 3, 2022

“As a general rule, medications that are contraindicated in pregnancy are: NSAIDs, Isotretinoin, (ACE) inhibitors, ciprofloxacin, Coumadin, methotrexate [and] tetracyclines,” said Kecia Gaither, M.D., an OB-GYN and director of perinatal services/director of maternal-fetal medicine for NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx. NSAIDs, such as Advil, which are commonly used, have been shown to affect a fetus’ circulation and kidneys. Isotretinoin, which helps severe acne, has been shown to cause birth side effects. The other drugs Gaither listed above have been shown to harm the fetus or the development of a baby.

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