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.



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


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

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


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-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


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

Bleeding or severe pain with medication


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

Persists with medication; pain; or bleeding


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


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

Minimal use of DEET repellent



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


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)


Call for culture appointment. Please call office. 

Miscellaneous – Safe to take in pregnancy

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