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Medications in Pregnancy, Non-Prescription (Over-the-Counter)

There are common conditions that you might face during pregnancy. To help with symptom control, the following meds are considered safe while pregnant. Please note that no drug is 100% without risk or side effect and, of course, you should avoid any drug that has ever caused you an allergic reaction. As always, discuss management options with your practitioner.

Many brands have a multitude of options. Please carefully read the labels, as any “multi system” or “sustained action” forms of drugs might contain unsafe items. Also, always follow the instructions on the box, never exceeding the recommended amounts.

If you do not see a medication on this list, avoid or discuss it specifically with your practitioner.

• Allergies/sinuses/cold and flu:

  • Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)
  • Claritin (Loratadine)
  • Robitussin DM (Guiafenesin/Dextromethorphan)
  • Halls cough drops
  • Cepocal lozenges
  • Chloroseptic
  • Sudafed (Pseudoephredrine) if no elevated blood pressure or heart rate
  • Tylenol (Acetaminophen) for aches
  • Saline nasal drops

• Constipation: 

  • Diet changes- increase fruits, veggies, oatmeals, whole grains, fluids
  • Citrucel
  • Colace (Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate) 1-2 caps daily
  • Fibercon
  • Metamucil
  • Glycerin rectal suppository

• Diarrhea:

  • Increase fluid intake and call the office if severe (>12 episodes/ day) or persists beyond 2 days

• Fever: Call for any temp > 101F

  • Tylenol (Acetaminophen) Follow instructions on bottle for dosage.

• GI upset or reflux:

  • Diet change- small, frequent meals, avoid spicy, greasy foods and extreme hot or cold foods
  • Stay upright for 1 hour after eating
  • Tums
  • Mylanta
  • Pepcid
  • Protonix
  • Zantac

• Pain/Headache:

  • Tylenol (Acetaminophen). Follow instructions on bottle for dosage.

• Hemorrhoids:

  • Anusol
  • Preparation H
  • Tucks
  • Witch hazel

• Leg cramps:

  • Stretching, heat and regular exercise
  • Tums (Calcium carbonate) 2-4 tabs (max 15 tabs/day)

• Nausea:

  • Try small, frequent meals, flat Coke or ginger ale, ginger tablets, tea, peppermint, chewing gum, lemon drops
  • Vitamin B6 (25 mg tablet) with ½ tab Unison 2 x daily
  • Sea Bands
  • Good article on morning sickness

• Skin problems:

  • Neosporin
  • Bacitracin
  • Benadryl cream
  • Caldryl lotion
  • Hydrocortisone cream/ointment
  • Oatmeal bath

• Vaginal Yeast infection:

  • Monistat 7 (Miconazole vaginal cream)