Safe Over-the-Counter Medications

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 Vapor Rub
  • Tylenol Cold
  • Non-drug alternative:

– Normal saline nasal spray
– Breathe Right Adhesive nasal strips
– Nettie 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