Safe Over-The-Counter Medications during Pregnancy


The following over-the-counter medications and home remedies have no known harmful effects during pregnancy when taken according to package directions.

Please note that no drug can be considered 100% safe to use during pregnancy.

If you want to know about the safety of any other medications not listed here, please

Please follow adult recommended dosing on medication


Seasonal Allergies

Oral medications: Certrizine (Zyrtec); Loratadine (Claritin); Fexofenadine (Allegra); Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
Nasal sprays: Nasacort; Flonase


Cold Symptoms

Fever: Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Congestion: Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed); Phenylephrine; Diphenhydramine (Benadryl); Mentholatum rub (Vicks)
Cough: Guafenisen (Robitussin); Dextromethorpan (Delsym)
Sore throat and cough lozenges: (Sucrets, Cepacol, Halls)
Nasal Spray:  Saline Nasal Spray
Acceptable multisymptom cold formulas: Tylenol Cold and Flu; Nyquil: Dayquil


Constipation

Fiber supplement: (Benefiber, Metamucil)
Stool softener: Docusate (Colace)
Laxative: Polyethylene glycol (Miralax), Milk of Magnesium (MOM)
Sennosides (Senokot)


Diarrhea

Loperamide (Immodium); Kaopectate


Gas/Bloating

Simethicone (Gas-X, Mylicon); Gaviscon (Mylanta)


Headache

Simethicone (Gas-X, Mylicon); Gaviscon (Mylanta)


Heartburn

Chewable: calcium carbonate (TUMS)
Liquid: Gaviscon (Mylanta); Magnesium/Aluminum Hydroxide (Maalox)
Ranitidine (Zantac); Famotidine (Pepcid); Omeprazole (Prilosec)
*If you are already taking one of these medications or taking an over-the-counter medication, discuss with your physician at your next visit


Hemorrhoids

Hydrocortisone cream/suppositories (Preparation H)
Witch Hazel Pads (Tucks pads)


Misc.

SalonPas, Bengay, Tiger Balm, Capsaicin, Icy Hot


Nausea and Vomiting

Sea bands; Ginger lollipops/candies;
Doxylamine (Unisom) plus Vitamin B6


Rashes (Itching)

Hydrocortisone cream (Cortaid); Diphenhydramine cream (Benadryl) 


Yeast Infection 7-Day Treatment

Miconazole (Monistat) vaginal cream; Clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin) vaginal cream