Medication Guide During Pregnancy

Pregnant women may safely take the following over-the-counter medications – following all the directions on the container for adult dosage/use. Generic substitutes are OK. If on other medications, consult your obstetrician before use.  It is safe for pregnant women to take Tylenol/ Acetaminophen when taken according to the package directions.

At any time during your pregnancy, it is NOT OK to consume

  • Alcohol
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Marijuana
  • Street Drugs
  • Cigarettes
  • e-Cigarettes

DO NOT TAKE

  • Aspirin products
  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Ibuprofen

If you have any further questions about a medication, be sure to ask your nurse or OB-GYN doctor.


Over-the-Counter Medications

ProblemOver-the-Counter MedicationsCall Your Obstetrician If You Have
Mild headaches/aches and painsTylenol (Acetaminophen) 325 mg- DO NOT exceed 3000 mg a day
Extra Strength Tylenol (Acetaminophen) 500 mg -DO NOT exceed 3000mg a day
Severe and/or persistent headaches
Nasal congestion due to a cold, sinusitis, or allergiesAfrin Nasal Spray (for 3 days only)
Claritin plain,
NOT Claritin D
Humidifier
Mucinex plain (600 mg) as directed on package
Neti Pot
Saline Nasal Spray
Sudafed (plain), after 1st trimester (13 weeks)--as long as not taking blood pressure medication
Cough due to a cold or minor throat irritationRobitussin plain
Robitussin DM (after first trimester)
Vicks VapoRub
Cough drops/Lozenges (sugar free if diabetic)
Persistent cough
Sore throatAlcohol-free lozengesSevere or persistent sore throat
HeartburnTums
Mylanta
Maalox
If above medications not effective, may try over the counter Pepcid or Zantac as directed
NO PRILOSEC
NO PEPTO-BISMOL
No relief
ConstipationMetamucil
Colace
Milk of Magnesia
Miralax
Severe straining
Mild to moderate diarrheaImodium
NO KAOPECTATE
No relief
GasGas-X (simethicone)
HemorrhoidsAnusol HC
Chilled witch hazel packs
Sitz bath
Tucks
Preparation H
Bleeding or severe pain
InsomniaWarm bath
Warm milk
Vitamin B6 (50 mg)
Benadryl (25 mg)
Tylenol PM
Unisom, 1 tablet (25 mg) at bedtime
Nausea (morning sickness)5 to 6 small meals per day
Peppermint Lifesavers or gum
Ginger tablets (250-500mg two to three times a day)
Vitamin B6 (10-25 mg three or four times a day)
Unisom 1⁄2 tablet (12.5mg) 2 times daily or 1 tablet (25mg) at bedtime
Persistent vomiting, weight loss, or inability to tolerate fluids for 24 hours
Yeast infectionsOTC 7-day Monistat (more effective than 1- or 3-day course)No relief – call for appointment to evaluate
AllergiesAfrin Nasal Spray (for 3 days only)
Benadryl (may cause drowsiness) — check with MD first if hyperthyroid, blood pressure, asthma, bladder problems, or ulcers,
Claritin plain
Zyrtec plain
Sore musclesIcy Hot
Tylenol (Acetaminophen) 325mg
Extra Strength Tylenol (Acetaminophen) 500 mg
Heat pad

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