Over-The-Counter Medications

The following over-the-counter (OTC) drugs may be safely taken in pregnancy. Follow all the directions on the medication for adult dosage use, unless otherwise specified by your physician.

DO NOT TAKE Motrin, Aspirin, Aleve, Advil or Anaprox during pregnancy without checking in advance with your physician.

Problem

Over-The-Counter

Call M.D. If:

Aches, Pains and Headache

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325 mg, 1-2 every-6 hours, as needed

If your symptoms are not relieved by medication or your symptoms increase

Congestion (Nasal); Allergies

Sudafed; (any others that DO NOT contain Aspirin/Ibuprofen); Claritin Allergy; Chlor-Trimeton, Zyrtec; Benadryl, Humidified Air; Neti Pot

If fever is 100 degrees or above; congestion lasts more than 1 week

Cough/Cold

Robitussin DM, Mucinex, Sudafed, Tylenol, Vicks VapoRub or other Guaifenesin cough syrups

Persists more than 1 week with medication; green/yellow sputum

Constipation

Metamucil, Colace, Citrucel, Konsyl, Colace, Dulcolax, Dandolion or Mallow Tea

Rectal bleeding; no bowel movement for 1 week

Diarrhea (mild to moderate)


Imodium, BRAT Diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast or tea); Donna gel chewable tablets

Diarrhea more than 2 full days; fever present

Gas

Gas-X, Maalox Anti-Gas, Mylanta-Gas, Mylicon; Probiotics

Severe abdominal pain

Heartburn or Indigestion

Maalox, Mylanta, Tums, Rolaids, Prilosec, Prevacid, Zantac 150, Pepcid AC, Kaopectate, Papaya tablets with meals; Probiotics

No relief with medication

Hemorrhoids

Anusol-HC cream/suppositories, Tucks, Preparation H, chilled witch hazel packs or sitz bath

Bleeding or severe pain with medication

Hives

Benadryl (oral/cream), Caladryl lotion, Hydrocortisone cream; anti-fungal skin cream

Persists with medication; pain; or bleeding

Insomnia

Tylenol P.M., Benadryl, Unisom, Nytol, warm lavender bath, warm milk, turkey sandwich before bed or meditation


Mosquitoes

Avon Skintastic, any repellant that is safe for children under 12, NO DEET repellant

Minimal use of DEET repellent

Nausea

 

Vitamin B6: 25-50 mg-2 to 3 times per day, Dramamine, Ginger tablets/drops; Kaopectate

Persistent vomiting for more than 24 hours

Scratches or Cuts

Neosporin

Increased heat, pain, redness, swelling or discharge from the area

Sore Throat

Chloraseptic, Cepacol, Lozenges (Zinc, Vicks, etc.); warm salt water gargle; or mix ½ teaspoon of Kaopectate and ½ teaspoon Benadryl and gargle every 4 hours

Severe or persistent for more than 3 days; fever present; pus; or cannot eat or swallow

Vaginal Irritation/Itching

Vagisel, Monistat or Anti-Fungal Cream

Persistent discharge, itching, irritation; yellow or change in color

Vaginal Discharge (other than normal)

NO SELF-TREATMENT

Call for culture appointment. Please call office. 

Miscellaneous – Safe to take in pregnancy

Vitamin C, Iron Tablets, Calcium Tablets, Solarcaine or Teeth Whitener