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.

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Allergy Medications




Sudafed PE

Tylenol Allergy Multi Symptom

Allergy Eye Drops

Medicated Allergy Eye drops not recommended during pregnancy; may use Saline only

Nasal Spray

Medicated Nose Sprays not recommended during pregnancy; may use Saline

Cold & Flu

TheraFlu Flu & Sore Throat

Cough & Cold

Robitussin DM

Cough & Cold: Cold Rubs

Halls Menthol Cough Suppressant / Oral Anesthetic

Vicks VapoRub Cough Suppressant / Topical Analgesic

Cough & Cold: Cold Drops

Halls Menthol-Cough Suppressant / Oral Anesthetic Plus Medicine

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 Cream

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


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


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


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


– Extra Strength

Multi-Symptom Antacid & Anti-Gas

Plus Extra Strength Antacid & Anti-Gas

Tagamet 200mg


– Regular Strength

E-X 750 Extra Strength

E-X 750 Extra Strength

Ultra 1000 Maximum Strength

Zantac 75mg

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

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 Simethicone /Anti-Gas Phazyme Ultra Strength Gas Relief

Rolaids Multi-Symptom Antacid & Anti-gas

Stomach Remedies: Nausea/Vomiting

* Contact us if you are unable to keep any food or liquids down for 24 hours.

Emetrol Nausea Relief

Vitamin B6 100mg

Sea-Band Wristbands

Stomach Remedies: Stool Softeners

Colace Stool Softener 50 mg

Colace Stool Softener 100 mg

Vaginal Yeast Infections

Monistat 7 Cream

Monistat 7 Suppositories

Medications that are safe to take for cold symptoms during pregnancy:

  1. Sore throat sprays or lozenges
  2. Dextromethorphan (Robitussin)
  3. Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  4. Cough drops
  5. Sudafed PE or products containing Phenylephrine HCL- avoid using during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy
  6. Mentholated rubs
  7. Vaporizers or saline nose drops/sprays
  8. Vitamin C

*Call your doctor if you experience a severe headache unrelieved by Tylenol or persistent vomiting or diarrhea greater than 24 hours.

How to prevent the spread of influenza and cold viruses:

  1. Wash your hands frequently, especially after shaking hands or touching anything dirty. Scrub with soap and hot water for at least 30 seconds.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing.
  3. Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, which may increase the chance of infection.
  4. Stay home from work and school when you are sick.
  5. Avoid sharing food, eating utensils, drinking glasses, pens and pencils, towels and other personal items.
  6. Don’t reuse or share bottles of water.