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Many commonly used over-the-counter medications can pass directly through the placenta and harm the baby. Below is a list of some over-the-counter medications that can be taken without consulting your doctor. Caution should be exercised when using herbs and homeopathic remedies. For example, many cough and cold medications contain alcohol that should be avoided in pregnancy. If you have a question about any medication, please call if the medication is not found in the following list:

Cold or Sinus

  • Tylenol® (regular or extra-strength)
  • Claritin®
  • Zyrtec®
  • Mucinex®
  • Benadryl®
  • Vicks® Vapo-Rub
  • Tylenol® Cold
  • Non-drug alternative:
    • Normal saline nasal spray
    • Breathe Right® adhesive nasal strips
    • Neti pot
    • Afrin® (discontinue after 48 hours)

Headache

  • Tylenol® (regular or extra-strength)

Sore Throat

  • Chloraceptic® Spray
  • Cepacol® Lozenges
  • Sucrets®

Indigestion

  • Mylicon®
  • Mylanta®
  • Gelusil®
  • Maalox®
  • Tums®
  • Rolaids®
  • Gaviscon®
  • Zantac®
  • Pepcid® AC
  • Prilosec®
  • Prevacid®

Nausea

  • Vitamin B-6 (up to 100 mg 3 times per day)
  • Emetrol®
  • Nestrex®

Constipation

  • Surfak®
  • Colace® – generic (sodium docusate)
  • Metamucil® (effervescent)
  • Citrucel®
  • Miralax®

Cough

  • Dextromethrophan
  • Robitussin® plain or DM

Hemorrhoids

  • Preparation H® (ointment and/or wipes)
  • Annusol®
  • Tucks®

Diarrhea

  • Kaopectate®
  • Immodium® AD