Prescription Drugs To Avoid During Pregnancy. Safer Antibiotics During Pregnancy

On this page we are gonna look at drugs to avoid during pregnancy. These drugs are mainly antibiotics. We are also going to explore to see two antibiotic drugs that  could be safely prescribed by your doctor during pregnancy.


The safety of the drugs to the pregnant woman and the unborn baby is what informs the choice or avoidance of the drugs we are going to talk about. Please note that drugs to avoid during pregnancy should also be avoided by the mother while breast feeding the baby, except your doctor allows you to take them while breast feeding your baby.


As a rule, antibiotics should not be taken in the first three months of pregnancy. More especially between the 18th to the 60th day of pregnancy, antibiotics should not be taken by the pregnant woman. This is because during this period, the unborn baby is vulnerable to the properties of these drugs.

Another general rule for drugs to avoid during pregnancy and breast feeding is to avoid antibiotics that belong to CATEGORY A. Any antibiotics in Category A should never be taken by a pregnant or breast feeding mother.


  1. Tetracycline
    Tetracycline can harm the unborn baby. It can negatively affect the bone and teeth development of the baby. It can also make the teeth of your child to be permanently stained.

If you are pregnant or trying to be pregnant while taking this drug, please contact your doctor.


  1. Chloramphenicol
    This drug can cause an abnormality known as gray baby syndrome and serious blood disorder.
  2. Ciprofloxacin(cipro) and Levofloxacin
    Cipro and levofloxacin are both fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Fluoroquinolone may also increase the tendency of having a miscarriage. They can cause problems to the baby’s muscle, skeletal growth as well as joint pains for the expectant mother.


  1. Primaquine
    This is an anti malarial drug. Animal studies have shown that it can damage blood cells in an unborn baby.


5. Trimethoprim and Erythromycin
These antibiotics are known as sulfa drugs. They cause jaundice (yellowing of the eyes)      in the baby. Again, Trimethoprim can negatively affect brain development in the unborn      baby.


  1. Ibuprofen
    Taking high doses of this drug can have dangerous consequences on pregnant women like; miscarriage, delayed labour, jaundice, bleeding for both the expectant mother and baby.


Please, only take drugs when your healthcare provider has examined you and says the benefit outweighs the risk. Don’t self medicate. Remember that both you and your baby might pay dearly for your decisions.


However, there are some antibiotics that your doctor can prescribe during pregnancy and breast feeding. They include:

  • Amoxicillin and
  • Penicillin


  1. Pls i started seeing my period on d 28th to 30th of oct 2020,den i met my husband on d 7th of November 2020,are der any chances of me getting pregnant


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