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Medication Use During Pregnancy

During pregnancy it is common to experience heartburn, constipation, colds and other types of infections (yeast, urinary tract, gingivitis); as well as day-to-day symptoms like hay fever or seasonal allergies.

Listed below are some common medications approved for use in pregnancy, mostly over the counter drugs. This list is only a start. There are many other medications that are safe that are not listed here. Your other health care providers can check to see if the medications they want to use are safe for use in pregnancy. You can call us if you have any questions about medication use in pregnancy.

There is no need to buy brand names. Look for the store brand and save money!

Allergy

Benadryl
Claritin
Zyrtec
Allegra

Sleep

Benadryl
Tylenol PM

Vitamins

Any prenatal vitamin
Folic acid (up to 1 mg)
Multivitamin (no megadoses)
DHA supplements

Antacids

Tums/Rolaids
Mylanta II/Maalox
Riopan
Zantac
Pepcid AC
Nexium
Prilosec

Cold/Sore Throat

Robitussin
Robitussin DM
Sudafed
Tylenol Cold
Cloraseptic Spray

Cough Drops

All brands are okay

Diarrhea

Immodium (limited use)

Antibiotics

Amoxicillin
Ampicillin
Cephalexin
Penicillin
Erythromycin
Azithromycin (Z pack)
Nitrofuratoin (not in 3rd trimester)

Nasal Spray

Saline nasal spray/rinse
Flonase

Nausea & Vomitting

Vitamin B-6 25 mg
Unisom 25 mg (doxylamine)
Dramamine (dimenhydrinate)
Antevert (meclizine

Constipation/Hemorrhoids

Docusate sodium 50-100 mg (Colace)
Metamucil/Fibercon/etc.
Mira-Lax
Milk of Magnesia
Preparation H
Witch hazel pads (Tucks)

Yeast Treatment

Miconazole (Monistat)
Clotrimazol (Gyne-lotrimin)
Terconazole (Terazol)

Pain Reliever

Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

Medications You Should NOT Take During Pregnancy


  • Retin-A (for acne)
  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Asprin
  • Ibuprofen/Advil/Motrin
  • Naproxyn (Aleve)
  • Midrin (for migraines)
  • Bactrim (antibiotic)
  • Narcotics (without checking with provider)

Contact Information

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-0475