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 and 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)
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|
Flonase, Nasacort short term-Afrin (for 3 days only)
|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).