What Medications Can I Take While I’m Pregnant?
We generally recommend you avoid taking any medications you have not been prescribed during your first trimester. On occasion it may be medically necessary to do so. Fortunately, there are many medications that are safe during pregnancy.
At SSM Health, we encourage you to speak with your doctor before taking any drugs and only use medications as directed. If you are unsure about a particular medication, speak with your doctor.
Over-the-Counter Medications Safe to Take During Pregnancy
- Tylenol or acetaminophen (plain/extra strength) is OK for mild discomfort
- Do not take aspirin (Anacin, Bayer) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
Medicine for Digestive Upsets
- Antacids (Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, Maalox, Pepcid, Prevacid, Zantac)
- Simethicone (Gas-X, Mylicon for gas pain, Gaviscon)
- Immodium or BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast or tea) for diarrhea
Medicine for Coughs/Colds
- Guiafenesin (Robitussin®)
- Guiafenesin plus dextromethorphan (Robitussin-DM®)
- Cough drops
- Vicks Vaporub®
- Tylenol or acetaminophen (plain/extra strength) is OK
- Chlorpheniramine antihistamine alone (chlor-Trimetron)
- Benadryl tablets
- Saline nasal spray
- Neti-pot or sinus rinse
- Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra
Options for Constipation
- Fiber can be used regularly (Metamucil®, MiraLax®, Citrucel®, BeneFiber®)
- Laxatives can be used occasionally (Colace®, Dulcolax®)
- Tucks for hemorrhoids
- Mix of Prune juice, OJ, 7-UP® – equal parts
Other Things You May Have Worried About That Also Appear to Be Safe
- Nutrasweet® (1–2 servings per day)
- One or two cups of coffee per day
- Nix for head lice
- Hair coloring products
- Mosquito repellent containing DEET
Call your doctor if you have additional questions or concerns, are experiencing any new pains, or symptoms of a cold or flu.
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