Confusion Over Which Drugs Are OK To Take During Pregnancy

CBS Boston

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BOSTON (CBS) – Whether it’s a prescription or just something over the counter, most pregnant women know they have to be careful with any kind of drug.

Expectant mother Bianca Holmes does research online, but that often makes matters worse.

“The confusing and contradictory information leaves me kind of scared,” Holmes said.

A recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found women are being misled by information on multiple websites.

Cheryl Broussard of the National Center on Birth Defects added, “We found 25 active Internet websites that post such lists of safe medicines to take during pregnancy. Few of those medications that were on those lists actually had data to back up their claims to safety.”

One problem with the websites was conflicting information. One site said a popular anti-histamine was safe to take during pregnancy, but another site cautioned the…

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