W o m e n ’ s H e a l t h S p e c i a l i s t s
MEDICATIONS IN PREGNANCY
While some medications are considered safe to take during pregnancy, the effects of other medications on your unborn baby are
unknown. Therefore, it is very important to pay special attention to medications you take while you are pregnant, especially dur-
ing the first trimester, a crucial time of development for your baby.
If you were taking prescription medications before you became pregnant, please ask your health care provider about the safety of
continuing these medications as soon as you find out that you are pregnant. Your health care provider will weigh the benefit to
you and the risk to your baby when making his or her recommendation about a particular medication. With some medications,
the risk of not taking them may be more serious than the potential risk associated with taking them.
If you are prescribed any new medication, please inform your health care provider that you are pregnant. Be sure to discuss the
risks and benefits of the newly prescribed medication with your health care provider before taking the medication.
Are Alternative Pregnancy Medicine Therapies Safe?
Many pregnant women believe “natural” products can be safely used to relieve nausea, backache, and other annoying
symptoms of pregnancy, but many of these so-called natural products have not been tested for their safety and
effectiveness in non-pregnant women, much less in pregnant women. Therefore, it is very important to check with your health
care provider before taking any alternative therapies. She will not recommend a product or therapy until it is shown to be safe
Which Over the Counter Drugs Are Safe?
Prenatal vitamins, now available without a prescription, are safe to take during pregnancy. Ask your health care provider about
the safety of taking other vitamins, herbal remedies and supplements during pregnancy. Most herbal preparations and supple-
ments have not been proven to be safe during pregnancy. Generally, you should not take any over-the-counter medication unless
it is necessary. The following medications and home remedies have no known harmful effects during pregnancy when taken ac-
cording to the package directions. If you want to know about the safety of any other medications not listed here, please contact
MEDICATIONS IN PREGNANCY
Safe to Take
Acetaminophen – Tylenol, Anacin Aspirin-Free
Acid neutralizers – Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids, Tums, Gaviscon
Histamine-blockers – Pepcid, Zantac, Prilosec
Simethicone – Gas-X, Maalox Anti-Gas, Mylanta Gas, Mylicon
Anti-histamines – Sleep-eze, Benadryl, Bonnine, Dramamine
Guaifenesin (expectorant) – Hytuss, Mucinex, Robitussin
Dextromethorphan (antitussive) – Benylin, Delsym, Scot-Tussin DM
Guaifenesin plus dextromethorphan – Benylin Expectorant, Robitussin DM
Pseudoephedrine – Sudafed, Actifed, Dristan, Neosynephrine
Throat lozenges – Sucrets, Cepacol, Cepastat, Ricola
Chlorpheniramine – Chlor-Trimeton, Triaminic
Loratadine – Alavert, Claritin, Tavist ND, Triaminic Allerchews
Loperamide – Imodium, Kaopectate, Maalox Anti-Diarrheal, Pepto Bismol
Fiber supplements – Metamucil, Citrucel, Fiberall/Fibercon, Benefiber
Stool softeners – Colace, Senekot, Dulcolax
Witch hazel preparations – Tucks medicated pads
Steroid preparations – Anusol-HC, Preparation H
Diphenhydramine – Benadryl, Unisom SleepGels, Nytol, Sominex
Doxylamine succinate – Unisom Nighttime Sleep-Aid
Cortaid, Lanacort, Polysporin, Bacitracin, Neosporin
*Please Note: No drug can be considered 100% safe to use during pregnancy.
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