Safe OTC Medications During Pregnancy
Below is a list of over-the-counter (OTC) medications that are safe to take during pregnancy. The list is sorted alphabetically by the symptoms or conditions that the medications treat.
Do not use any aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) products.
Use all medications sparingly during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Unless otherwise advised, always follow the directions on the medication package.
Symptoms & safe medications
Allergies/ allergic reaction: Claritin, Benadryl, Zyrtec
Congestion/sinusitis: Afrin saline spray (blue box), Sudafed (plain), Actifed
Constipation: Metamucil, Fibercon, Citracal, Colace, Senokot Plain, Milk of Magnesia
Cough: Robitussin DM
Enema: Fleets (contact your doctor first)
Fever: Tylenol Extra Strength (take 2 every 6 hours)
Gas: Phasyme 125, Mylicon 80
Headache: Tylenol Extra Strength (take 2 every 6 hours)
Heartburn: Maalox, Rolaids, Tums, Mylanta, Gaviscon, Zantac (up to 150mg twice daily)
Hemorrhoids: Anusol HC cream, Tucks Pads, Preparation H
Motion sickness: Benadryl
Nausea: Vitamin B6 (25mg 3 times a day), ginger
Pain: Tylenol Extra Strength (take 2 every 6 hours)
Sore throat: Chloroseptic spray or drops, Cepacol lozenges, gargle with warm salt water
Yeast infection: Monistat, Gynelotrimin, Mycelex
If you have questions regarding medications, please feel free to call the office. We are here to help.