Safe Meds

Over the counter medications that are safe to use during pregnancy

AcneCetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser
CeraVe™ Hydrating Cleanser
Glytone® (benzoyl peroxide)
AllergyAlavert® or Claritin® (loratadine)
Benadryl® (diphenhydramine)
Zyrtec® (cetrizine)
ConstipationCitrucel® or Unifiber® (methylcellulose)
Colace® (docusate sodium)
ex-lax® Maximum Strength Stimulant Laxative (sennosides) or Senokot® (senna)
Fiber caplets or FiberCon® (calcium polycarbophil)
Metamucil® (psyllium)
Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)
Mineral oil (one ounce) in juice
Clearlax®, MiraLAX® (polythylene Glycol 3350)
Cough (alcohol-free syrup)Vicks® Nature FusionTM Cough (dextromethorphan hydrobromide)
Delsym® 12-Hour Extended-release Suspension
(dextromethorphan polistirex)
Coricidin® HBP Chest Congestion and Cough or Adult Robitussin® Peak Cold Cough and Chest (dextromethorpah, guaifenesin)
Mucinex® (guaifenesin)
Diarrhealmodium® (loperamide)
FeverTylenol® (acetaminophen) Take 650 milligrams (mg) every four hours for temperature higher than 100.4 degrees F. If you have a fever for 12 hours, call your healthcare provider.
GasGas-X® Chewable Tablets or Maalox® Anti-Gas or Mylanta® Gas Maximum Strength Chewable Tablets (simethicone)
Mylanta® Maximum Strength Liquid or Maalox® Advanced Maximum Strength Liquid (aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, simethicone)
HeartburnGaviscon® (aluminum hydroxide, magnesium carbonate)
Maalox® tablets or Rolaids ® or Titralac® or Tums® (calcium carbonate) Take less than 2,000 mg.
Maalox® Advanced Regular Strength Liquid or Mylanta® Regular Strength Classic Liquid (aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, simethicone)
Pepcid® AC (famotidine) Zantac® (ranitidine)
HemorrhoidsAnusol-HC® hemorrhoidal ointment or Preparation H® Hydrocortisone (hydrocortisone)
Preparation H® (phenylephrine, pramoxine, glycerin, petrolatum) Tucks® pads (witch hazel)
Nausea, vomiting, motion sicknessEmetrol® Syrup (phosphorated [phosphoric acid] carbohydrates [dextrose, fructose] syrup)
Dramamine® (dimenhydrinate) ginger tabs (ginger)
vitamin B-6 Take 25 mg four times a day. Sea-Band®
Unisom® SleepTabs® (doxylamine succinate)
Take one-half of 25 mg tablet and 25 mg of vitamin B-6 three to four times a day
Pain
Call your clinic if your pain is in your abdomen (stomach).
Tylenol® (acetaminophen) Take 650 to 1,000 mg every four hours as needed. Do not take more than 4,000 mg in 24 hours. If you don’t have relief in 24 hours, call your clinic
Rash
Call your clinic if you have an allergic reaction, or no relief
Aveeno ® Soothing Bath Treatment (colloidal oatmeal)
Caladryl® Clear® lotion (pramoxine, zinc acetate) or calamine lotion (calamine, zinc oxide)
Cortaid® 1 % (hydrocortisone) cream
Gold Bond® Medicated Anti-itch Cream (menthol, pramoxine)
Benadryl ® (diphenhydramine). Take one 25 to 50 mg pill three to four times a day.
Sinus congestion and coldClor-Trimetron® (chlorpheniramine)
Coricidin® HBP Chest Congestion and Cough (dextromethorphan, guaifenesin)
Ocean Mist® nasal spray (saline [sodium chloride] nasal sprays) Sudafed® (pseudoephedrine) Avoid in the first trimester.
Avoid all products with phenylpropanolamine and phenylephrine
Sleep problemsUnisom® SleepTabs® (doxylamine succinate) Tylenol® PM (acetaminophen, diphenhydramine HCI)
Sore throatCepacol® Maximum Strength Sore Throat Spray or Sucrets® lozenges (dyclonine hydrochloride)
Chloraseptic® lozenges (benzocaine) or spray (phenol) Do not take longer than two days.
Halls® or Robitussin ® lozenges (menthol)
Vicks® lozenges with honey (dextromethorphan hydrobromide)
Vaginal yeast infectionGynazole-1® (butoconazole)
Gyne-Lotrimin® (clotrimazole)
Monistat® 7 vaginal cream (miconazole)