Medication for Expectant Mothers

It is a general rule that medications should be avoided during pregnancy, however if you are ill, there are various medications that have been widely used for years and have been demonstrated to have a wide margin of safety.

  1. ALLERGIES
    • Claritin
    • Zyrtec
    • Nasal steroid spray
  2. CONSTIPATION
    • Miralax
    • Colace
    • Metamucil
    • Citrucel
    • Milk of Magnesia
    • Occassional use of cathartic laxatives such as Ex-lax, Onolax, Biscodyl, or Senna is acceptable to treat severe constipation
  3. COUGH
    • Over the counter lozenges 
    • Liquid Robitussin
    • Robitussin DM
  4. DIARRHEA
    • Immodium AD
    • Kaopectate
  5. HEARTBURN
    • TUMS
    • Maalox
    • Mylanta
    • Gaviscon
    • Liquid preparations are more effective than tablets. If using tablets, chew well. Avoid products with high salt content or aspirin such as Rolaids, Alka-Seltzer, or Bromoseltzer
  6. HEMORRHOIDS
    • Preparation-H
    • Anusol HC with hydrocortisone
    • Preparation-H suppositories
    • Tucks
  7. NASAL CONGESTION
    • Saline nasal spray
    • Actifed
    • Benadryl
    • Avoid cold medicines containing alcohol
  8. NAUSEA
    • Emetrol
    • Sea Bands
    • Vitamin B-6: 50 mg, 3x a day
    • Ginger
  9. PAIN
    • Only take regular or extra-strength acetaminophen (Tylenol). For headache relief, you may try drinking a small caffeinated beverage with the Tylenol.
    • Avoid non-steroidal products such as Aleve, Motrin, Advil, Naprosyn, and aspirin
  10. SLEEPLESSNESS
    • Bendaryl
    • Tylenol PM
    • Unisom
  11. SORE THROAT
    • Saline gargle
    • Chloraseptic spray
    • Lozenges
    • Herbal teas

If you get a high fever (one that is over 101, lasting 24 hours or more), a sore throat that persists for longer than 36-48 hours and seems to be getting worse, or if an earache is associated with the above symptoms, please call our office. If you have bloody, green, or yellow mucus drainage for your nasal passage or sinuses, let us know. 

If the recommended treatments do not bring you relief, feel free to call us and talk to one of the nurses concerning your symptoms.