Non-Prescription 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 medication for everyday illnesses. The following list of over-the-counter medications is considered safe for pregnant women. Please follow the instructions on the package for appropriate dose.


Condition Medication
Cold or sore throat Plain Robitussin cough syrup (Guaifenesin), all cough drops, Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol)
Cold, sinus congestion or allergies Actifed (Phenylephrine), Chlor-Trimeton (Chlorpheniramine), Claritin (Loratadine), Zyrtec (Cetirizine) or saline nasal spray. Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) can be used in the second and third trimesters.
Constipation Pericolace (Sennosides/Docusate), Colace (Docusate), Metamucil (Psyllium), Fibercon (Polycarbophil), Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide), MiraLAX
Diarrhea Immodium (Loperamide)
Headache Plain Tylenol, Extra Strength Tylenol (acetaminophen)
Heartburn or indigestion Tums, Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids, Gaviscon (Calcium Carbonate) Pepcid AC (Famotidine), Zantac (Ranitidine), Axid AR (Nizatidine)
Hemorrhoids Preparation H (Phenylephrine/Hydrocortisone) cream, ointment, gel, pads or suppositories, Anusol (Hydrocortisone); Tucks pads (Witch hazel); Americaine (Benzocaine); non-medicated sitz baths
Insomnia Benadryl (Diphenhydramine), Unisom (Doxylamine), Tylenol PM
Nausea Ginger lollipops, Vitamin B6 25-50 mg three times daily, Unisom (Doxylamine) ½ tablet twice daily, Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)
Vaginal itching Monistat 7 (Miconazole)



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