Over-the-Counter Medications Approved for Pregnancy

Magnets are available with this information. Please ask a staff member at your next visit if you did not receive one at your first prenatal visit.

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Allergies

  • Actifed®
  • Bendryl®
  • Chlor-Trimeton®
  • Claritin®
  • Tavist-D®

Antacids

  • Children’s Mylanta®
  • Maalox®
  • Rolaids®
  • Tagamet®, Pepcid®, Prilosec®, Prevacid® (If no relief from Tums or Rolaids)
  • Tums®
  • Zantac

Cold

  • Tylenol® – aches and pains
  • Sudafed® – congestion, avoid first trimester
  • Robitussin®  – coughing
  • Chloraseptic®/Cepacol® Lozenges – sore throat
  • DayQuil®
  • Mucinex®/Mucinex®D

Constipation

  • High bran/fiber diet and increase water
  • Metamucil®
  • FiberCon®
  • Konsyl®-D
  • MiraLAX®
  • Citrucel®
  • Surfak®
  • Colace®
  • Phillip’s® Milk of Magnesia
  • Glycerin suppositories
  • Mineral oil
  • Fleet® enema

Cough

  • Robitussin®  (plain)
  • Robitussin®  DM – for dry cough(unless you have high blood pressure or are taking an antidepressant)
  • Mucinex®

Decongestants

  • Claritin® D
  • Sudafed® (avoid in first trimester, or if you have high blood pressure)
  • Instant Ocean Spray
  • Tavist-D®
  • Tylenol® Sinus
  • Flonase®

Diarrhea

  • Immodium®
  • BRAT – diet-bananas, rice, applesauce, tea or toast

Headache/Mild Pain

  • Tylenol® or Extra Strength Tylenol®

Heartburn

  • Mylanta®
  • Maalox®
  • Tums®
  • Rolaids®
  • Children’s Mylanta®
  • Zantac®
  • Tagamet, Pepcid, Prilosec, Prevacid (if no relief from Tums or Rolaids)

Hemorrhoids

  • Preparation H®
  • AnusolTM HC
  • Tucks® Pads
  • Sitz baths with or without Epsom salts
  • Konsyl Easy Mix-daily to keep stools soft

Insomnia/Sleep Aid

  • Benadryl®
  • Tylenol® PM (if you have pain)
  • Unisom®
  • Chamomile Tea

Nausea

  • Small frequent meals (every 2-3 hours)
  • Sea Bands (wristbands)
  • Vitamin B6 100mg twice a day
  • Ginger, Ginger tea
  • Emetrol®

Sore Throat

  • Warm salt water gargle several times/day
  • Cepacol® Lozenges
  • Vicks® Lozenges or spray
  • Avoid anything with phenol or hexylresorcinol

If you have questions on any other medication(s), please contact your provider.