Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Will Migraine Meds Hurt Baby?

Wednesday, 06 Jun 2012 09:34 AM

Question: I am a woman in my 30s and I’m due to have my first child in six months. I get migraines and take sumatriptan for them. What should I take now that I’m pregnant?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
The American Pregnancy Association (APA) recommends that acetaminophen (Tylenol) to be the pain relief medication of choice during pregnancy. Sumatriptan is used to treat acute migraine attacks and is a category C medication, which means that animal studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women OR no animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women. Hence it is better not to take sumatriptan while you are pregnant.
The APA also suggests you avoid your known “triggers” such as stress, chocolate, cheese, and coffee. When you do have an attack, apply a cold towel on your head, take a cold shower, a nap, or relax by meditation or yoga.

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Migraines during pregnancy should be treated with acetaminophen (Tylenol) not sumatriptan.
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