Medications to Avoid While Pregnant

When you’re pregnant, you may find the list of “things to avoid” can be long and daunting. Suddenly, old favorites like caffeine, raw sushi, and tuna are off the table, and you are left wondering what else may harm your growing baby. 

Pregnancy is one of the most vital and sensitive periods in a woman's life, and it’s important to pay close attention to what you put in your body — including medications. Certain medications should be taken only rarely while others should be avoided altogether because they can create problems for both you and the baby. 

Here are some of the medications to avoid or minimize during pregnancy and alternate treatments that may work instead. More...

Ask a Pharmacist: Evaluating Different Sleep Aids

What are sleeping pills and how do they work? Sleep aids, whether over the counter or prescription, are designed to treat insomnia and help you get more sleep. But, with so many options available, the choices can seem overwhelming. 

Over 50 million Americans suffer from more than 80 different sleep disorders and another 20 to 30 million suffer intermittent sleep problems each year, according to the State of Sleep Health report by the American Sleep Apnea Association. 

Some of the most common sleep issues include sleepwalking, sleep apnea, insomnia, and restless leg syndrome, and in America, 70% of adults report that they obtain insufficient sleep at least one night a month while 11% report insufficient sleep every night.