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Safe Medications for Pregnancy

If your symptoms persists more than 24 hours or you have a fever greater than 101, please contact us or go to the hospital.

Common Problems and Safe Treatment/Medications

One of the most frequently asked questions is “what medications are safe to take while I am pregnant?” This list includes safe over the counter medications that you may take as directed for common symptoms without asking. If you are on prescription medication or take another OTC medication that is not on the list, please discuss this with your provider. We recommend that you not smoke, drink alcohol or take herbal supplements during your entire pregnancy for the best interest of your health and your baby’s health.

DO NOT use any aspirin products:

  • Excedrin, Kaopectate, Nyquil, Pepto-bismol.

Anemia

In pregnancy, anemia is usually a result of low iron in the blood and you may be advised to take one of the iron supplements listed. In addition to these medications, eating a diet with increased amounts of iron would help. When increasing your iron intake be sure and increase fluids, fiber, and fresh fruits and vegetables to avoid constipation. Continue to take your prenatal vitamins in addition to these medications.  
Medications (take as directed):
  • Niferex-150 (available in generic for ½ the cost – ask the pharmacist)
  • Feosol
  • Slow-Fe
  • Ferrofolic 500
  • Ferrous Sulfate

Cold, Hay Fever, Cough, Nasal Congestion, Sore Throat

Treat the symptoms of your cold. Increase your fluid intake. Water and an 8 oz. glass of juice will help decrease congestion. Avoid dairy products as they increase the congestion. A steam vaporizer w/Vicks vaposteam humidifier may be helpful. Call if symptoms persist, fever of 101 or greater, productive cough, or trouble breathing. When purchasing cough medicine, be sure that it contains NO ALCOHOL. Gently gargle with warm salt water. These medications will make you more comfortable.  
Medications (take as directed):
  • Chlortrimeton
  • Tavist, Tylenol Cold
  • Benadryl
  • Ocean nasal spray, Breathrite Strips
  • Sudafed, Claritin
  • Sucrets, Chloraseptic Spray
  • Steam Vaporizer w/Vicks Vaposteam
  • Cough Drops (any brand)
  • Robitussin DM

Contipation

Increase the amount of fluids you drink, especially water. Also increase the amount of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fiber in your diet.  
Medications (take as directed):
  • Colace
  • Citracel
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Senokot
  • Surfak

Diarrhea

Increase your fluid intake to replace lost fluids. Rest your intestinal tract fort 12-24 hrs without food or eat the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast). If diarrhea persists for more than 24-36 hrs, call us.  
Medications (take as directed):
  • Kaopectate
  • Immodium AD

Dry Heaves, Nausea, Vomiting

Eat small frequent meals. Try drinking fluids apart from your meals. Call if you are vomiting for greater than 24 hours or have a fever greater than 101°F.  
Medications (take as directed):
  • Unisom 12.5mg up to 4 times daily
  • Vitamin B6 50mg 4 times daily
  • Benadryl 25-50 mg every 4 hours
  • Dramamine 25mg every 6 hours
  • Peppermint Tea, Ginger Tea
  • Sea Bands
  • Classic Coca Cola, Ginger Ale
  • Ginger Syrup (available at Health Food Store)
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Suck on hard candy or peppermints

Fever

Dress lightly, increase fluids, take lukewarm baths, can call if your temperature is over 101 for more than 24hrs.  
Medications (take as directed):
  • Regular Tylenol or Extra-Strength Tylenol as per package directions

Heartburn, Indigestion

Avoid spicy meals. Eat small frequent meals. Avoid lying down immediately after eating. May take 1 ounce of antacid prior to meals and 1 tsp between meals.  
Medications (take as directed):
  • Tums/Rolaids
  • Maalox/Mylanta (I&II)
  • Gaviscon
  • Pepcid/Zantac/Tagamet

Muscle Aches, Back pain

Remember good posture and good body mechanics. Use of maternity girdle may help. Apply a heating pad to the back.  
Medications (take as directed):
  • Regular Tylenol or Extra-Strength Tylenol as per package directions

 

 

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