American Family Children's Hospital

Medications That Are Safe To Take During Pregnancy

We want to help make your pregnancy a healthy, happy experience.


There may be times throughout your pregnancy when you may feel the need to take over-the-counter or prescription pain or other symptom-relief medication for everyday illnesses.


The following list of over-the-counter medications are considered safe for pregnant women. Please follow the instructions on the package for appropriate dose.



Condition Medication
Headache Plain Tylenol, Extra Strength Tylenol (acetaminophen)
Cold or sinus congestion Actifed (Pseudoephedrine), Sudafed (Phenylephrine), Chlor-Trimeton (Chlorpheniramine), Claritin (Loratadine), Zyrtec (Cetirizine), saline nasal spray
Cold or sore throat Plain Robitussin cough syrup (Guaifenesin), all cough drops, Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol)
Heartburn or indigestion Tums, Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids, Gaviscon (Calcium Carbonate) Pepcid AC (Famotidine), Zantac (Ranitidine), Axid AR (Nizatidine)
Constipation Pericolace (Sennosides/Docusate), Colace (Docusate), Metamucil (Psyllium), Fibercon (Polycarbophil), Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)
Diarrhea Imodium (Loperamide)
Nausea Ginger lollipops, Vitamin B6 25 mg three times daily, Unisom (Doxylamine) ½ tablet twice daily, Benadryl (Diphenhydramine), Emetrol SIPS (Dextrose/Fructose/Phosphoric Acid










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