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I''m eight months pregnant and my doctor has prescribed anti-sickness tablets, and pain killers containing paracetamol and codeine. Are they safe?

  I''m eight months pregnant and my doctor has prescribed anti-sickness tablets, and pain killers containing paracetamol and codeine. Are they safe?

A general rule of thumb is not to take any medicines in pregnancy unless you are sure they are safe, and unless you have to. Having said this, the real risk time when malformations could occur is in the first trimester (up to 14 weeks). After this, drugs are much less likely to affect the baby. Drugs such as paracetamol and codeine, and many anti-sickness preparations, are regarded as pretty safe in pregnancy and are prescribed when necessary: it is highly unlikely that they would cause a problem with the baby. If you are still doubtful, your doctor or pharmacist should be able to give you specific information about any of the drugs they prescribe or dispense in pregnancy.
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