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What Medications Are Safe to Take During Pregnancy?
Prenatal vitamins, now available without a prescription, are safe to take during pregnancy. Ask your health care provider about the safety of taking other vitamins, herbal remedies, and supplements during pregnancy. Most herbal preparations and supplements have not been proven to be safe during pregnancy.
Generally, you should not take any over-the-counter medication unless it is necessary.
The following medications and home remedies have no known harmful effects during pregnancy when taken according to the package directions. If you want to know about the safety of any other medications not listed here, please contact your health care provider.

Condition

Safe Medications to Take During Pregnancy*

Allergy

Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Claritin

Cold and Flu

Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Tylenol Cold
Warm salt/water gargle
Saline nasal drops or spray
Sudafed, Actifed, Dristan, Neosynephrine*
Robitussin DM, Trind-DM, Vicks Cough Syrup, Romilar, Halls*
*Do not take "SA" (sustained action) forms of these drugs or the "Multi-Symptom" forms of these drugs.

Constipation

Metamucil
Citrucil
Fiberall/Fibercon
Colace
Milk of Magnesia
Senekot

Diarrhea

For 24 hours, only after 12 weeks of pregnancy:
Kaopectate
Immodium
Parepectolin

First Aid Ointment

J & J
Bacitracin
Neosporin
Polysporin

Headache

Tylenol (acetaminophen)

Heartburn

Maalox
Mylanta
Tums
Riopan
Titralac
Gaviscon

Hemorrhoids

Preparation H
Anusol
Tucks
Witch hazel

Nausea and Vomiting

Vitamin B6 100 mg tablet
Emetrol (if not diabetic)
Emetrex
Sea bands
Ginger or candied ginger

Rashes

Hydrocortisone cream or ointment
Caladryl lotion or cream
Benadryl cream
Oatmeal bath (Aveeno)

Yeast Infection

Monistat or Terazol
Do not insert applicator too far

*Please Note: No drug can be considered 100% safe to use during pregnancy.

What Alternative Therapies Are Considered Safe During Pregnancy?
There are some alternative therapies that have been shown to be safe and effective for pregnant women to take to relieve some of the uncomfortable side effects of pregnancy.

What Alternative Therapies Should Be Avoided During Pregnancy?
The following substances have the potential to harm a developing baby when used in a concentrated formulation (not as a spice in cooking). Some are thought to cause birth defects and encourage early labor.

If you have any doubt regarding the safety of a medication, both traditional and alternative, contact your health care provider before taking the therapy.