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    Safe Over-The-Counter Medications During Pregnancy


    The following over-the-counter medications and home remedies have no known harmful effects during pregnancy when taken according to package directions.

    Please note that no drug can be considered 100% safe to use during pregnancy.

    If you want to know about the safety of any other medications not listed here, please contact your physician.

    Please follow adult recommended dosing on medication packaging.

    Pain Reliever

    • Tylenol

    Decongestants/Antihistamines

    If symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks, call your primary care physician.

    • Claritin
    • Chlortrimeton
    • Benadryl

    Cough Syrup

    • Robitussin - plain

    Throat Lozenges

    • Sucrets
    • Vicks
    • Halls
    • Robitussin
    • Chloraseptic spray

    Sleep Aids

    • Tylenol PM
    • Benadryl
    • Unisom

    Leg Cramps

    • Magnesium Gluconate
      (250 mg - 3 times daily)

    Nausea

    • Ginger capsules
      (250 mg - 4 times daily)
    • Vitamin B6
      (10-25 mg - 3-4 times daily)
      This can be taken alone or in combination with Unisom (doxylamine) 12.5 mg.

    Diarrhea

    Take only after 24 hours of symptoms.

    • Immodium D
    • Kaopectate

    Antacids

    • Maalox
    • Mylanta
    • Riopan
    • Rolaids
    • Tums
    • Pepcid A-C
    • Tagament
    • Axid AR

    Do not take Pepto Bismol or Prilosec OTC.

    Stool Softeners

    • Colace
    • Surfak
    • Metamucil
    • Fiber Con

    Do not take laxatives of any kind.

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