Safe Medicines During Pregnancy

Always check with your Women’s Care physician if you have questions about taking medications during pregnancy. Listed below are a few recommendations for over-the-counter options that you may take while pregnant.

Recommended Over-the-Counter Medications in Pregnancy

Allergy Medications
First choice:
Claritin; Allegra; loratadine; Zyrtec
Second choice: 
Benadryl (diphenhydramine); chlor-trimeton (chlorpheniramine)
Third choice: 
Sudafed (after 1st trimester. Limit daily use) In general, avoid any medication that contains phenylephrine.

Nasal spray
Saline nasal spray Ipratropium 0.06% nasal spray 
Cromolyn sodium (5.2mg/spray)
Flonase (Fluticasone)

Allergy Eye Drops
Alaway (Ketotifen)
Claritin Eye Drops (Ketotifen)
CVS Eye Itch Relief (Ketotifen)
Systane Zaditor (Ketotifen)
Saline
 
Decongestant Nasal Spray
Decongestant nose sprays are not recommended during pregnancy.

Cough & Cold
Robitussin DM
 
Cough & Cold: Cold Rubs 
Halls Menthol Cough Suppressant/Oral Anesthetic
Vicks VapoRub Cough Suppressant/Topical Analgesic
 
Cough & Cold: Cough Drops 
Halls Menthol Cough Suppressant/Oral Anesthetic Plus Medicine Center
Ricola Cough Suppressant Throat Drops
Vicks Menthol Cough Suppressant/Oral Anesthetic Drops  

Cough & Cold: Sore Throat Relief 
Cepacol Dual Relief Sore Throat Spray
Cepacol Sugar Free Extra Strength
Sore Throat Lozenges with Pain Numbing Relief
Cepacol Maximum Strength Sore Throat Lozenges
 
First Aid: Anti-itch Creams 
Aveeno Active Naturals Anti-Itch Concentrated Lotion
Aveeno Calamine & Pramoxine HCl Anti-Itch Cream with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal- Steroid Free
Benadryl Original or Extra Strength Itch- Stopping Cream or Gel
Calamine Lotion
Cortaid Anti-Itch Cream, Maximum Strength1% Hydrocortisone Cortizone-10 Maximum Strength Anti-Itch Cream
Eucerin Calming Itch Relief Treatment
Gold Bond Medicated Body Lotion Extra-Strength or Anti-Itch Cream
Lanacane Maximum Strength Anti-Itch Cream Sarna Anti Itch Lotion

Lice Treatment
NIX

Pain Relief
(Long-term chronic use is not advised.)
Tylenol Regular or Extra Strength
Tylenol Extra Strength PM Pain Reliever/Sleep Aid
Tylenol PM Extra Strength Pain Reliever/Nighttime Sleep Aid

Hemorrhoid Care
Anusol
Preparation H
Medicated Wipes with Aloe
Hemorrhoidal Cream with Maximum Strength Pain Relief
Hemorrhoidal Ointment
Hemorrhoidal Suppositories 
Tucks Witch Hazel Hemorrhoidal Medicated Pads
 
Stomach Remedies: Antacids
Gaviscon
Antacid with Calcium, Chewable Tablets
Extra Strength Antacid, Chewable Tablets
Extra Strength Liquid Antacid
Maalox Maximum Strength Multi-Symptom Antacid/Antigas, Chewable Tablets
or liquid
Mylanta Antacid/Anti-gas
Regular Strength
Maximum Strength
Ultimate Strength
Pepcid AC Original Strength Acid Reducer 10 mg, Tablets
Rolaids
Extra Strength
Multi-Symptom Antacid & Antigas
Plus Extra Strength Antacid & Antigas
Tagamet 200mg
Tums
Regular Strength
E-X 750 Extra Strength
E-X 750 Extra Strength
Ultra 1000 Maximum Strength

Stomach Remedies: Anti-Diarrheal
(Call before taking to assess medical condition.)
Imodium A-D Anti-Diarrheal
Imodium A-D Advanced Anti-Diarrheal/ Anti- Gas, Caplets
Maalox Anti-Diarrheal Caplets

Stomach Remedies: Fiber Supplements
Citrucel Methylcellulose Fiber Therapy for Regularity
Fiber Choice Fiber Supplement
Metamucil Fiber Laxative
Miralax
 
Stomach Remedies: Gas Relief
Gas-X Extra Strength Anti-Gas
Gas-X Extra Strength Anti-Gas Plus Antacid with Maalox
Mylanta Regular or Maximum Strength Gas
Phazyme Ultra- Strength Gas Relief
Rolaids Multi-Symptom Antacid & Anti-gas
Simethicone /Anti-Gas

Stomach Remedies: Nausea/Vomiting
(Contact us if you are unable to keep any food or liquids down for 24 hours.)
Preggie Pops 
Unisom
Benadryl 25-50mg with vitamin B6 25-50mg q 6 hours
Emetrol; sea-bands

Stomach Remedies: Stool Softeners 
Colace Stool Softener 50 mg 
Colace Stool Softener 100 mg
 
Vaginal Yeast Infection
Generic Clotrimazole 7 Vaginal Cream
Monistat 7 Vaginal Cream (Miconazole)
Monistat 7 Suppositories – Insert only ½ way!