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Be careful when choosing medications to take during pregnancy

While some medications are considered safe during pregnancy, most medication effects in pregnancy are unknown. That does not mean these other medications cause problems or birth defects. You should speak to a doctor before taking medications while you are pregnant. This is especially important in the first trimester when fetal development is most important.

We recommend not taking over-the-counter medications unless it is absolutely necessary.

Below is a list of medications that have no known harmful effects in pregnancy when taken appropriately.

  • Allergy
    • Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin, Dimetapp
  • Cough and cold
    • Robitussin DM (non-productive cough), Robitussin (cough), Vicks vapor rub, Mucinex, cough drops, Triaminic
  • Congestion
    • Sudafed (do not use if you have an elevated blood pressure), Ocean Mist nasal spray (saline solution)
    • Do not use: phenylephrine
  • Constipation
    • Metamucil, Citrucil, FiberCon, Fiberall, Colace, Milk of Magnesia, Miralax, Senekot
  • Diarrhea
    • Imodium (1 dose — if it persists, please notify office), drink fluids (water, Gatorade, juice)
  • Heartburn, indigestion and gas
    • Tums, Zantac, Pepcid, Prilosec, Gas-X, Maalox, Mylanta 
    • Do not use: Pepto-Bismol
  • Hemorrhoids
    • Preparation H, Anusol, Tucks medicated pads, Witch hazel
  • Lice treatment
    • Rid
    • Do not use: Kwell
  • Nausea and vomiting
    • Vitamin B6 (25mg 3x per day), small, frequent meals, sweet fruit syrup from canned fruits (i.e. peaches, pears)
  • Insomnia
    • Benadryl
  • Pain
    • Tylenol for minor aches, pains or headaches 
    • Do not use: Motrin, Advil, Aleve or aspirin
  • Rash/derm
    • Hydrocortisone cream, Benadryl cream
  • Toothache
    • Orajel, See your dentist (you may have x-rays with lead shield)
  • Yeast infection
    • Monistat, Gyne-Lotrimin
  • Vitamins
    • Prenatal vitamins, prescription or over the counter omega fatty acid products (i.e. Enfamil lipil) — often included in prescription vitamins now
  • Other approved medicines
    • Neosporin, Bacitracin