Question: Are Aspirin and Panadol safe in pregnancy?
Generally speaking—yes. There has never been any evidence to link these medications with any form of birth defect.
Specifically, it is probably better not to use any medication in the first three months of pregnancy unless it is essential. Aspirin should be avoided in the last month of pregnancy because it reduces the ability of the blood to clot, and if you come into labor, it is possible for you to bleed more heavily if you have been taking aspirin. You can use Paracetamol (Panadol, Dymadon, Panamax, Tylenol etc.) quite safely in that last month for your backache and headaches.
Question: What are dieureticks (sic)? My doctor has said that is what I am taking.
Diuretics are tablets that remove excess fluid from the tissues by making the kidneys work harder. They are used in heart and kidney failure, high blood pressure and to relieve premenstrual tension. There are many different brands including Dyazide, Hydrene, Moduretic, Lasix and Navidrex.
They are available only on prescription and some types may cause loss of potassium from the body. For this reason, potassium tablets or mixtures, or diets high in potassium, are often prescribed with them. If your doctor uses a term such as ‘diuretics’ that you do not understand, never feel embarrassed to ask him/her what it means. The more you know and understand the better!