What Medications May I Take When I’m Pregnant?

When you are pregnant, you are naturally more concerned with medications and any effects they may have on you or your baby. You may also hear different information about what medications are safe. This list includes medications with history of safe use in pregnancy. Use any medication for the minimal length of time necessary to obtain relief of your symptoms. For more information or to speak with someone about your medications please request an appointment.

Cold/Flu, Allergies or Respiratory Symptoms

  • Rest, drinking lots of fluids, and a humidifier can relieve many symptoms.
  • Tylenol (acetaminophen): use for fever and aches and pain of flu-like syndrome. Follow package dosing, not more than 4000mg per day. Remember that some cold medicines contain acetaminophen so be sure to read labels.
  • Sudafed (pseudoephedrine): use according to package instructions. You will have to ask for this medication at the pharmacy counter and sign for it. Variations include: Mucinex-D, Tylenol Cold and Sinus
  • Benadryl (diphenhydramine): use according to package instructions, available in adult and pediatric (liquid form) dosing
  • Robitussin, Mucinex (guaifenesin): a cough syrup and expectorant, good to help thin mucus
  • Any cough drops or throat sprays, choose sugar-free if you have Gestational Diabetes
  • Claritin (loratidine) Zyrtec are available over the counter to treat seasonal allergies
  • Nasal Crom or saline spray use according to package directions
  • Neti Pot: very useful to relieve stuffiness and sinus symptoms
  • Vaporub or heating pads on your back to help soothe aching muscles
  • DO NOT USE Afrin, prolonged use of Afrin can actually make sinus drainage worse.
  • Avoid AlkaSelzer Cold, Aleve Cold and Sinus, and Advil Cold and Sinus (any product that contains aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen)

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