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Medications Safe for Use in Pregnancy

The following medications have been taken during pregnancy and have not been shown to cause birth defects. Even so, we recommend not using any medication unless necessary. If you take a medication routinely for a medical problem and are unsure about the medication, please contact our office prior to discontinuing that medication. Take all medications according to the manufacturer’s directions listed on the bottle unless otherwise directed by your physician.


Antibiotics: Macrobid, Penicillin, Keflex, etc.

Antihistimines: Allegra, Benedryl, Claritin, Dimetap, Tavist, Zyrtec

Asthma: Ventolin, Beclovent

Congestion: Sudafed, Actifed, or Drixoral, Saline Nasal Spray

Constipation: Milk of Magnesia, Dulcolax suppository, Fleet’s enema, Colace

Constipation Prevention: Metamucil, Citrucel, Fibercon, Coface, Regular High-Fiber Diet

Cough: Robitussin DM, Cough Drops

Diarrhea: Kaopectate, Immodium

Headaches: Tylenol (Regular and Extra-Strength)

Hemorrhoids: Anusol, Preparation H, or Nypercainal

Indigestion/Heartburn: Maalox, Mylanta, Turns, Pepcid, Zantac, Pepto-Bismol

Nausea: Emetrol, Unisom, Vitamin B6 25-50 mg four times daily, Phenergan, Zofran

Rash/Itching on Skin: 1% Hydrocortisone cream, Caladryl

Sore Throat: Warm salt water gargles and Lozenges (Cepacol, Robitussin)

Stool Softener: Colace

Yeast Infections: Monistat, Gynelotrimin (OK to use internally), Terazol

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