Medications During Pregnancy

No medication is considered to be 100% safe for long-term use in pregnancy.  Each medication carries risks and benefits.  Therefore, it is recommended that you:

  1. Limit the use of medication unless you are severely impaired or the medication is recommended by your doctor.
  2. Minimize the number of days or doses taken.

These Medications are Generally Safe Choices for:

ALLERGIES:
Claritan or Claritan D, Allegra or Allegra-D, Zytec or Zytec D, Flonase, Benadryl
COLD/FEVER:

Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol, Sudafed (Only after the 14th week of pregnancy), Tylenol Sinus.  Actifed for congestion (Only after the 14th week of pregnancy), Robitussin D.M. for cough/congestion, Saltwater nose drops.

  • Increase your fluids and rest.
  • Contact the office if your fever is over 101.0.
CONSTIPATION:

Metamucil, Surfak, Colace, Fibercon or add 3 Tbsp Bran to your favorite cereal.

  • Increase fiber and fluids in your diet.
DIARRHEA:
Immodium AD, Kaeopectate
GAS:
Mylicon, Mylanta
HEADACHES:

Tylenol, Extra Strength Tylenol, Acetaminophen.

  • Report any headache not relieved by Tylenol.
HEARTBURN & INDIGESTION:
Maalox, Mylanta, Tums, Pepcid
HEMORRHOIDS:
Anusol cream or suppositories, Preparation H, Tucks, Witch Hazel
HERPES:
Dom Burrows soaks, Zovirax cream, Valtrex (after the first trimester)
LEG CRAMPS:
Calcet or calcium supplement of your choice.  (Minimum RDA is 1200 to 1800mg for pregnancy).
NAUSEA & VOMITING:
Vitamin B6 – 50mg twice daily, Emetrol, Ginger in any form, Unisom (will make you sleepy), Maalox, Mylanta
SKIN RASH/IRRITATION:
Caladryl Lotion, any topical steroid including hydrocortisone, Neosporin Ointment, any benzoyl peroxide product, baking soda added to bath water
SORE THROAT:
Cepacol lozenges, warm salt water for gargling, chloroseptic throat spray, Tylenol for pain.
STUFFY NOSE:

Saltwater Nose Drops (fresh) – available at drug stores, Actifed (Only after the 13h week of pregnancy), Sudafed (Only after the 13h week of pregnancy).

DO NOT TAKE UNLESS PRESCRIBED BY DR. LA

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen Products (i.e., Motrin, Advil, Aleve)