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Motherisk Helplines

Every weekday, Motherisk counsellors share evidence-based information with women and health care providers who call these Motherisk Helplines:

Motherisk Helpline, proudly sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart - 1-877-439-2744 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in each of Canada's time zones OR 416-813-6780 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST for information about the risk or safety of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbal products, chemicals, x-rays, chronic disease and infections, and everyday exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding

  • Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy Helpline - 1-800-436-8477 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
    For information on "morning sickness" and how to treat it.
  • Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline - 1-877-327-4636 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in each of Canada's time zones.
    For information about the fetal effects of alcohol, nicotine and drugs like marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy.

Motherisk Clinic

Clinic visits are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call 416-813-6780

Women are referred to the Motherisk Clinic in Toronto following exposure to known or suspected teratogens (substances that cause abnormalities in the developing fetus), new unfamiliar drugs, chronic drug therapy or drugs of abuse.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Safety Guide

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The Motherisk Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Safety Guide contains information on risk/safety of various products and medications in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Motherisk is pleased to provide this handy and easy to read Safety Guide for patients and their health care providers. Available in English and French.

Individuals can get a copy of this pamphlet by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Motherisk, The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8.

Health-care providers may use our Safety Guide order form

This pamphlet was made possible through the generosity of Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix.

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Motherisk is proud to be affiliated with OTIS, The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists. OTIS is a network of information services across North America.

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The information on this website is not intended as a substitute for the advice and care of your doctor or other health-care provider. Always consult your doctor if you have any questions about exposures during pregnancy and before you take any medications.

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The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is a health-care, teaching and research centre dedicated exclusively to children; affiliated with the University of Toronto. For general inquires please call: 416-813-1500.

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