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Drugs, pregnancy and breastfeeding

In an ideal world the process of having children, from conception to breastfeeding, for all women would be drug-free because we can never be 100% sure that the drug will be harmless to the developing child.

In pregnant women with arthritis however, certain drugs are important to have a successful outcome to prevent disease flares which may cause harm to the baby. These web pages provide a summary of what we know about the effects of these drugs during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

This summary is based on guidelines produced by the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR). In some cases there's only limited information available, but we do know that, for most drugs, many pregnant or breastfeeding women will take them without any problems.

We strongly recommend that you discuss each drug you take with your doctor - either when you're planning a family or as soon as possible if you unexpectedly become pregnant.

See the list of drugs below to find out how each one affects pregnancy.


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