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Can i take pain killers during pregnancy?

Iam having headache problem since many years, i used to to take pain killers and the headache used to go off. Now iam pregnent 5 months. Iam getting severe headache. I used to use eucalyptus oil to massage and the pain used to come down. Now the pain is severe can i take pain killers. Is it advisable to take painkillers since iam pregnent. Will it cause any effect on my baby.
Sun, 13 Nov 2011
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Though any drug other than routine vitamins, best avoided during pregnancy , some medication can still be taken to relieve distressing symptoms. It is ok to take an occasional Paracetamol/crocin/Acetaminophen for pain relief and fever during pregnancy. Besides most of the harm is done by the medication taken in first trimester when the baby is forming. You, being in your 5 th month neednt suffer headache and can take an occasional Paracetamol along with avoiding reasons for headache. You should eat frequent small meals, drink plenty of water, get your blood pressure checked to rule out hypertension as a cause of headaches. Short sited people experience a change in power of contact lenses or glasses, so a eye checkup may also help in refractory cases.

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You can not take any Opiate painkillers, however, low dosage of Paracetamol (Tylenol) 500mg x 2 per day (Maxium 3x's per week) has no evidence of hurting a pregnancy. However, the maximum dosage should be 750mg (Tylenol Extra Strength) at once. This will ensure the safety of you and your baby.

STAY AWAY FROM - Codeine, Tramadol, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Phenobarbital/Barbiturates as these can cause birth defects, and severe damage to your unborn child.
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please avoid pain killers, as it can cause damage to fetus. So not to take painkillers when you are pregnant. i bettet to not to take more painkillers even if your not pregnant. it causes acidity and kidney problems.
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It is Better to avoid any kind of drugs during pregnancy particularly at the time of organogenesis., but in your case you have crossed 5 months of pregnancy, the recommended drug will be aspirin 300mg. after meals as and when required, but not more than 3 in a day., why don't you try  eucalyptus oil to massage  as you are habitual  of it. My humble submission will be get your eye site tested and get your blood pressure checked and consult accordingly. If tensioned forget.....God Bless you!!!!

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renu's  Response
ny tablet u take during pregnancy...take it only on prescription..of doctor
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rosa's  Response
it is known that drugs do harm the fetus but paracetmol might not cause any problem. you can consume aspirin also. but take care you dont consume more than 3 or 4 tablets in a week.
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