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Safe Medications During Pregnancy

Below is a list of medications that can be obtained over the counter and are generally considered safe in pregnancy.

Medications for Colds/Viruses/Allergies:

Tylenol (acetaminophen) regular strength: two 325mg tabs every 4-6 hrs for fever and pain

Tylenol (acetaminophen) extra strength: two 500mg tabs every 6hrs for fever and pain

DO NOT take more than 4,000 mg of acetaminophen in a 24-hr period Sudafed (pseudoephedrine): 60mg tab every 4-6 hrs for sinus congestion Robitussin OM (Dextromethorphan and guaifenesin): 10 ml every 4 hrs Claritin (loratadine): 1tab a day for allergy relief

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25 mg tabs: take 1-2 tabs every 4-6 hrs for allergy relief

Afrin Nasal Spray- use as directed for nasal congestion for a total of 3 days maximum

Medications for Nausea/Vomiting, Heartburn and Indigestion

SO mg vitamin B6 plus 12.5 mg (half tab) of Unisom twice daily for nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy

Zantac:150 mg twice a day for severe heartburn Pepcid AC:1tab twice a day for heartburn

Mylanta for heartburn, upset stomach and gas

Medications for Constipation

Metamucil or other psyllium formulas- take with plenty of water

Colace (docusate sodium) 100mg capsule: one to three times a day as needed

Medications for Diarrhea

Imodium (loperamide): 2 tabs once then one after each loose stool

Probiotic: daily

Medications for Yeast Infection

Monistat (miconazole): 1,3, or 7-day Gyne-lotrimin (clotrimazole): 3 or 7 day Probiotic: daily

DO NOT TAKE

  • Aspirin or anything containing aspirin including Alka-Seltzer or Pepto-Bismol
  • Ibuprofen- this includes Motrin, Advil, Aleve
  • Nyquil
  • Any vitamins, herbs or homeopathic remedies without first discussing with your healthcare provider.
  • DO NOT take anything that is not listed without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.