Safe Meds During Pregnancy

Safe Medications

One of our more common questions from new mothers is about medications and how they might affect their new baby. We’re here to answer your questions.

Safe Meds During Pregnancy

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If you are pregnant or nursing, it’s even more difficult if you have a cold or virus. If you experience symptoms, check this list first before calling your doctor.

These medications are safe to take as directed on the label and are available over the counter. If symptoms persist, contact the office at 910.323.2103 to schedule an appointment. This list is meant only as a guideline and should not be considered a replacement for medical advice directly from your doctor.

AcneOver-the-counter creams and astringents are okay
Allergies/HayfeverBenadryl • Chlor-Trimeton • Tylenol Sinus (or store brand)
Cold/Flu SymptomsTylenol Cold/Flu/Sinus Products (or store brand) • Motrin Cold/Flu/Sinus Products (or store brand) • If using liquid Cold/Flu/Sinus products, choose liquids that are “Alcohol Free”
ConstipationStool Softeners: Colace or Surfak • Laxatives: Senokot, Dulcolax, or Milk of Magnesia
CoughRobitussin Products “Alcohol Free”
DiarrheaKaopectate • Imodium
Dry SkinLotions/Creams are okay. No need to buy expensive brands.
Fever, Headache, Pain, Body AchesTylenol, Extra-Strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) • Motrin, Advil (ibuprofen) before 28 weeks • Aleve (naproxen) before 28 weeks
GasMylicon (simethicone)
HeartburnTums • Mylanta • Maalox • Pepcid • Zantac or Tagamet for severe heartburn
HemorrhoidsTucks Pads • Preparation H • Anusol
Insomnia (Trouble Staying or Falling Asleep)Benadryl • Nytol • Sominex (diphenhydramine) • Tylenol PM
Minor Cuts or ScrapesNeosporin (or store-brand antibiotic ointment)
Minor Rash/Itchy SkinHydrocortisone cream
Nausea and/or VomitingVitamin B-6 25 mg by mouth three times a day • Dramamine
Sore/Scratchy ThroatCepacol Lozenges • Chloraseptic Lozenges
Stuffy NoseSudafed (pseudoephedrine) • Saline Nasal Spray
Vaginal Yeast InfectionMonistat (or store brand) • Lotrimin • Femstat