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.
  • Antihistamines: Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin, Dimetapp, 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, Imodium
  • Headaches: Tylenol (regular and extra-strength)
  • Hemorrhoids: Anusol, Preparation H, or Nupercainal
  • Indigestion/heartburn: Maalox, Mylanta, Tums, 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, Gyne Lotrimin (okay to use internally), Terazol

At OB/GYN Associates of Alabama, our goal is to make your pregnancy as healthy and stress free as possible. Our physi­cians provide comprehensive services ranging from basic ultrasound to high-risk obstetrical care for women with diabetes and hypertension. Contact us to schedule an appointment!

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