Pregnant women may safely use the following over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Please follow the directions on the package for adult dosage and use. Generic substitutions are OK. If taking other medications, please consult with your doctor first . *Avoid the use of all essential oils and herbal supplements, including Elderberry syrup/supplements.
At any time during your pregnancy, it is NOT OK to consume:
DO NOT TAKE
If you have any further questions about a medication, be sure to ask your nurse or OB-GYN doctor.
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|Problem||Over-the-Counter Medications||Call Your Obstetrician If You Have|
|Mild Headaches/Aches & Pains||Tylenol (Acetaminophen) 325 mg
Extra Strength Tylenol (Acetaminophen) 500 mg - DO NOT exceed 3000mg a day
|Severe and/or Persistent Headaches|
|Nasal Congestion/Cough Due to a Cold, Sinusitis||
Afrin Nasal Spray (for 3 days only)
Not recommended in pregnancy unless approved by your doctor: Pseudoephedrine
Please ask the pharmacist while at the store if unable to find the safe options.
Pepcid as directed
If taking Nexium or omeprazole prior, then consult MD
Ginger tablets 250-500 mg 2-3 times daily Vitamin B6 25mg tablet 3-4 times per day (no more than 200 mg/day) Unisom with active ingredient of Doxylamine 25 mg tablet, ½ tablet (12.5 mg) 2 times/day or full tablet at bedtime, may cause drowsiness
|Severe or persistent sore throat|
|Gas||Gas-X (Simethicone)||No Relief|
|Hemorrhoids||Anusol HC Cream/Ointment
Chilled Witch Hazel Packs
Preparation H Cream/Ointment
|Bleeding or severe pain|
Vitamin B6 (50 mg)
Benadryl (25 mg)
Unisom, 1 Tablet (25 mg)
|Symptoms of vaginal yeast||3-7 days Monistat treatment||No relief call for appointment to evaluate|
|No relief with plain antihistamines.|
|Sore muscles||Icy Hot
Tylenol (Acetaminophen) 325mg
Extra Strength Tylenol is OK too (Acetaminophen) 500 mg
Heat pad on low (do not place directly over your abdomen).