Medications During Pregnancy

Pregnancy FAQs

All drugs have potential side effects and should be used only when the risk of taking the drug has been weighed against the benefit.

During the first trimester (3 months), it is best to avoid all medications if possible. Your doctor should be made aware of any prescription medications you are taking, or of any herbal or homeopathic substances you are using during pregnancy. It is also important to notify all other health care providers, including dentists, that you’re pregnant. We are available to consult with your other physicians or dentist if prescription drugs are indicated. For your convenience, we have listed a number of medications that are permitted in pregnancy with reasonable, necessary and sparing use. You will also be offered some immunizations during your pregnancy. For immunization information, please visit Immunizations During Pregnancy. If you have questions about the safety of any medication during pregnancy you can call our office or you can call the Pregnancy Risk Line at 800.822.BABY (2299).

Ailment Medication Directions
Allergies (seasonal) Benadryl
Follow package directions
Cold and Congestion Sudafed, Benadryl, Tylenol Products, Claritin and Mucinex Follow package directions. It is best to use single symptom medications.
Constipation Metamucil (fiber)
Colace (stool softener)
Fibercon (fiber)
Follow package directions.
See constipation section above.
Cough Robitussin
Throat lozenges
Follow package directions.
Diarrhea Imodium Follow package directions. Avoid Pepto Bismol.
Fever Tylenol Follow package directions.
Headache Tylenol
Extra Strength Tylenol
Follow package directions. See headache section above.
Heartburn Antacids:
Pepcid AC
Take antacids ½ hour before meals and before bedtime. Other medications: follow package directions. Avoid Alka Seltzer. See heartburn section above.
Hemorrhoids Anusol HC
Preparation H
Follow package directions. See Hemorrhoids section above.
Morning Sickness Vitamin B6 and Unisom, click HERE for addition information on morning sickness medications. B6 25 mg 2-3 times a day/Unisom once daily at bedtime. See morning sickness section above.
Pain, muscle aches Tylenol Follow package directions.Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen. Call nurse if pain persists.
Rash Benadryl lotion
Cortaid cream
Follow package directions.
Vaginal Yeast Infection Gynezole 1
Follow package directions.

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