Over the Counter Medications Safe for Use During Pregnancy


 

Symptom

        

Medication * (Brand names are in italics.)

 Nausea

 

Try Eating Smaller Frequent Meals 
Emetrol 
Vitamin B12 + Unisom or B-Natal Suckers 
Ginger Supplements

   

 Constipation

 

Try Increasing Water Intake 
Fiber Therapy (Benefiber, Fibercon, Metamucil
Stool Softener (Colace
Laxatives (Miralax, Dulcolax, Milk of Magnesia)

   

 Diarrhea

 

Immodium AD 
WARNING: DO NOT USE KAOPECTATE!

   

 Gas

 

Gas-X, Mylicon, Phazyme

   

 Heartburn

 

Tums, Maalox, Amphogel, Mylanta 
WARNING: DO NOT USE BAKING SODA! 
WARNING: DO NOT USE PEPTO BISMOL!

   

 Hemorrhoids

 

 Try increasing water intake. 
Stool Softener 
Preparation H, Anusol HC, Tucks Pads, Dibucaine Ointment

   

 Headaches

 

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Extra Strength Tylenol
NO ASPIRIN OR IBUPROFIN (MOTRIN)!

   

 Cough

 

Dextromethorphan (Robitussin DM
*If cough persists, see a physician for throat culture! 

   
 Cold/Sinus 

Tylenol Cold & Flu 
Mucus Thinners (Mucinex, Ocean Nasal Spray
Cough Suppressants (Robitussin, Robitussin DM
Decongestants (Sudafed, Dimetapp, Coricidin)

   

 Allergies

 Antihistamines (Benadryl, Claritin, Claritin D, Zyrtec, Zyrtec D)
   

 Hay Fever

 Chlor-Trimeton, Benadryl, Tavist Allergy
   

 Nasal Congestion

 

Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Actifed Cold & Allergy, Tylenol Cold & Sinus)

   

 Yeast Infection

 Monistat, Gyne-Lotrimin
   

 Skin Rash

 

Hydrocortisone Cream/ Ointment 
Benadryl Cream, Calamine Crème (Caladryl
Aveeno Oatmeal Bath

   

Sun/Insect Protection

 

All Sunscreens are OK 
Artificial Tanners/ Sprays are OK 
Non-DEET Mosquito/ Bug Repellants are OK

   

Insomnia

 

Unisom Sleep Tabs

   

Fifth Disease

 

No Over the Counter Medication Exists. 
Practice Proper Hand washing!

   

 Immunizations

 

Flu Shot Recommended 
TB Immunization is OK

 


 *This list is not intended to treat any medical condition. This is not a substitution for a doctor's visit. Please contact your physician if any of these conditions cause concern. Gallatin Women's Center is not responsible for misuse of this list for purpose of self-diagnosing and treatment. Please call if you have any questions or would like to set an appointment to see your physician. We value your health and your baby's health; it's always safer to schedule an appointment with your physician.

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