Approved Medications

Although you should try to minimize medication during your pregnancy, sometimes it is necessary for your health and comfort to take some type of medication. This list includes medicines that are safe for consumption during pregnancy.


Always check over-the-counter cold medications for alcohol, sugar, caffeine, or aspirin. Medications should be taken as directed and for no longer than seven days. If symptoms persist, call our office.

  • Saline nasal sprays or nasal irrigation
  • NasalCrom Nasal Spray, Flonase Allergy Relief, Nasacort Allergy 24 Hr, Rhinocort Allergy, Nasonex
  • Claritin (Loratadine),  Zyrtec (Cetirizine), Xyzal (Levocetrizine)
  • Benadryl (tablet, capsule, and liquid form), Benadryl Plus
  • Chlor-Trimeton Allergy (Chlorpheniramine)
  • Robitussin DM (guaifenesin,dextromethorphan)
  • Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) Sudafed Plus, Sudafed 12 Hour (should be avoided in the first trimester and in women             with hypertension
  • Throat lozenges


The following medications can be taken for constipation relief:

  • Colace 50mg (one or two, twice daily)
  • Fibercon
  • Metamucil

Other helpful suggestions:

  • Increase water intake to 8-10 eight-ounce glasses daily
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, and fiber
  • Get adequate exercise; walking is a good exercise during pregnancy

         If constipation persists, call our office for further instructions.


The following medications can be taken for relief of diarrhea:

  • Immodium AD (use no longer than 48 hours and no more than four caplets or 8 teaspoons in a 24-hour period)

       Hydration is key. You might also try the B.R.A.T. diet (banana, rice, applesauce, tea/toast). If diarrhea persists, call our                   office for further instructions.


The following medications can be taken for relief of hemorrhoids:

  • Anusol
  • Preparation H
  • Tucks

Other helpful suggestions:

  • Soak in a warm bath
  • Take a sitz bath


The following medications can be taken for pain relief:

  • Tylenol, Extra Strength Tylenol, or generic acetaminophen

Heartburn/Indigestion/Upset Stomach

The following over-the-counter medications can be taken for indigestion, heartburn, and upset stomach:

  • Gaviscon
  • Maalox
  • Mylanta, Mylanta II
  • Rolaids
  • Tums

The following prescription medications may be used only on the advise of your physician:

  • Pepcid
  • Tagament
  • Zantac

Nausea/Morning Sickness

The following medications can be taken for relief of nausea:

  • Unisom and Vitamin B6 (25mg) at night
  • Emetrol (don’t use if diabetic)

Other helpful suggestions:

  • Ginger Root (2 tablets, 2-4 times a day)
  • Small frequent meals
  • 8-10 eight-ounce glasses of water a day

Women who are taking the following drugs or medications should not breastfeed.

  • Bromocriptine
  • Cocaine
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Cyclosporine
  • Doxorubicin
  • Ergotamine
  • Lithium
  • Methotrexate
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Phenindione