Safe Medicines During Pregnancy


Your doctor will review any medications you are currently taking to decide what is safe to continue taking during pregnancy. Some medications and herbal supplements can increase your chance of birth defects, and your doctor will review any medication you may need to stop taking if you’re pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen, allergy medicine, and cold medicines are generally safe to take, while aspirin and ibuprofen should be avoided.

Approved Over-the-Counter Medications

Before you start or stop any medicine, we recommend that you speak with the doctor who is caring for you while you are pregnant.

Pain Medication

Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Extra Strength Tylenol
DO NOT USE: Aspirin, Motrin, Advil (Ibuprofen), Aleve (unless specifically by your healthcare provider)

Nausea

Try small frequent meals.
Ginger Ale, Vitamin B6, Sea Bands
Sweet fruit syrup from canned fruits, i.e. pears/peaches

Anthistamines

Zyrtec, Claritin, Benadryl, Dimetapp

Cough/Colds

Robitussin (cough)

Decongestants

Sudafed (pseudoephedrine), Robitussin CF, Tylenol Cold and Sinus, Actifed, Dimetapp

Heartburn, Indigestion, Gas

Maalox, Mylanta, Zantac, Pepcid AC, Tums, Rolaids

Yeast Infections

Monistat 3 or 7

Insomnia

Benadryl (for occasional use only)

Hemorrhoids

Preparation H, Tucks

Toothache

Extra Strength Tylenol

Diarrhea

Imodium AD or Kaopectate
BRAT Diet (banana, rice, applesauce, toast)

Constipation

Increase fluid intake, Colace, Metamucil

Schedule Your Appointment at Birmingham Obstetrics & Gynecology

The board certified OB/GYNs at Birmingham Obstetrics & Gynecology provide information about medicines that are safe to take during pregnancy. Call our women’s health clinic in Birmingham at (205) 933-8334 to schedule your appointment today!

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