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Safe Over-The-Counter Medications During Pregnancy

The following medications are usually safe to take during pregnancy for the symptoms listed. Please call your provider if your symptoms are severe or do not improve with the following medications. All medications listed are available at your local pharmacy without a prescription. No herbal products are allowed during pregnancy.

Congestion

  • Plain saline nasal drops
  • Sudafed 60 mg by mouth every 4 hours as needed
  • Benadryl 25-50 mg by mouth every 6 hours as needed
  • Actifed, Tylenol, Claritin, Zyrtec, Pseudoephedrine, Tylenol Cold & Sinus, Dimetapp, Mucinex, Vicks Vapor rub
  • Do not take any medications that contain Phenylephrine

Constipation

  • Dulcolax 10 mg by mouth or one suppository per rectum as needed
  • Milk of Magnesia 10 cc by mouth every 6 hours as needed
  • Citrucel/Metamucil/Fiberall/Benefiber as needed
  • Miralax as needed

Cough

  • Robitussin 10cc by mouth every 4 hours as needed
  • Triaminic as directed

Diarrhea (if your temperature is <100.4)

Call your primary care phsyician if diarrhea lasts 48 hours or more and/or is bloody

  • Lomotil 2 tablets by mouth every 6 hours as needed
  • Immodium 2 mg by mouth after loose bowel movement (max 16 per day)
  • Clear liquids for 24 hours

Headache/Muscle Aches and Pain

  • Tylenol 650 mg by mouth every 6 hours as needed
  • Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, or naprosyn unless directed by your physician

Heartburn

  • Tums/Maalox/Mylanta by mouth as directed
  • Pepcid, Pepcid Complete, Pepcid AC, Zantac, Tagamet, Prilosec OTC, or Mylicon by mouth as directed

Insomnia

  • Benadryl 25-50 mg by mouth at bedtime as needed

Sore Throat

  • Tylenol 650 mg by mouth every 6 hours as needed
  • Chloraseptic spray or equivalent
  • Lozenges
  • Gargle with warm salt water several times a day

Nausea and Vomiting

There are also good prescription medications. Please call the office to discuss your options with a nurse. Call the office if vomiting persists more than 24 hours.

  • Clear liquids for 24 hours

Painful Urination
Please call the office in the event of painful urination.