Safe Medications

Safe Medications

Medication Use During Pregnancy

There has been much controversy and discussion over the use of medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding. A good rule of thumb is that unless a medication is prescribed by your obstetrician, you should not use it until you clear it with your obstetrician. There are some remedies and Over the Counter (OTC medications that are considered safe for some of the discomforts of pregnancy when taken as directed and in moderation. If symptoms continue to become more pronounced, please make an appointment with one of our physicians.

Colds/Sinusitis
  • Ocean Nasal Spray
  • Benadryl
  • Plain or Extra Strength Tylenol
  • Chlortrimeton
  • Sudafed (plain)
  • Cold-Eze lozenges
  • Cepacol Throat Lozenges
  • Plain Robitussin DM
  • Claritin and Claritin-d
  • Zyrtec
  • Allegra and Allegra-d
  • Nasonex
  • All Tylenol (acetaminophen) over the counter cold products
  • Vitamin C - 500mg daily in addition to prenatal vitamin
Nausea
  • Emetrol
  • Ginger Capsules
  • Sea-Band acupressure wristbands
  • Peppermint Tea
  • Vitamin B-6 twice a day with Unisom in the evening
Heartburn/indigestion
  • Gaviscon
  • Maalox
  • Mylanta
  • Tums/Rolaids
  • Pepsid
  • Zantac
  • Prilosec
Constipation
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Surfak
  • Metamucil
  • Benefiber
  • Prunes/Prune Juice
Headaches
  • Plain or Extra Strength Tylenol
  • Ice Packs
Diarrhea
  • Kaopectate
  • ImmodiumAD
Skin Itchiness
  • Benadryl Lotion (Allergic Rashes)
  • Calamine Lotion (Insect Bites)
  • Sarna Lotion (General Itchiness)
  • Cortisone
  • Aveeno cream, lotion, or baths
Hemorrhoids
  • Tucks/witch hazel
  • Preparation-H
  • Anusol
Yeast
  • Monistat
  • Gynelotromin
Leg Cramps
  • Magnesium Oxide 400mg twice a day
  • Citracal
  • Caltrate

Medications that should be avoided - Aspirin, Tetracycline or Doxycycline and Nonsteroidal medications unless prescribed by your Doctor.

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