Safe Medicines During Pregnancy

Your doctor will review any medications you are currently taking to decide what is safe to continue taking during pregnancy. Some medications and herbal supplements can increase your chance of birth defects, and your doctor will review any medication you may need to stop taking if you're pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen, allergy medicine, and cold medicines are generally safe to take, while aspirin and ibuprofen should be avoided.

Approved Over-the-Counter Medications

Before you start or stop any medicine, it is always best to speak with the doctor who is caring for you while you are pregnant.

Pain Medication

Nausea

Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Extra Strength Tylenol DO NOT USE: Aspirin, Motrin, Advil (Ibuprofen), Aleve (unless specifically by your healthcare provider) Try small frequent meals. Ginger Ale, Vitamin B6, Sea Bands Sweet fruit syrup from canned fruits, i.e. pears/peaches

Anthistamines

Heartburn, Indigestion, Gas

Zyrtec, Claritin, Benadryl, Dimetapp Maalox, Mylanta, Zantac, Pepcid AC, Tums, Rolaids

Decongestants

Cough/Colds

Sudafed (pseudoephedrine), Robitussin CF, Tylenol Cold and Sinus, Actifed, Dimetapp Robitussin (cough)

Insomnia

Yeast Infections

Benadryl (for occasional use only) Monistat 3 or 7

Hemorrhoids

Toothache

Preparation H, Tucks Extra Strength Tylenol

Diarrhea

Constipation

Imodium AD or Kaopectate BRAT Diet (banana, rice, applesauce, toast) Increase fluid intake, Colace, Metamucil

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