Many patients ask what over-the-counter medications are safe in
pregnancy. Below is a partial list of over-the counter medications
that are generally considered to be safe in pregnancy. Please
consult with your personal physician about what medications are safe
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is the recommended pain reliever. Two extra
strength tablets can be used as often as every four hours. Please do
NOT use aspirin, Advil (ibuprofen), Aleve, or any product containing
these medications during pregnancy.
Sudafed (sudafedrine hydrochloride) is considered safe in pregnancy.
Sucrets, Cepacol, or Chloraseptic lozenges are safe to use.
Antihistamines such as Chlor-Trimeton are safe. Claritin is now
over-the-counter; it is non-drowsy and safe in pregnancy.
Tums is safe and is also a good source of calcium. If Tums is not
effective, Zantac, Pepcid AC, or Tagamet are all safe in pregnancy.
Peptol Bismal should not be used in pregnancy
Imodium is safe in pregnancy
Stool softeners are safe to take during pregnancy. Some examples
include Colace, Citrucil, Metamucil, and Fibercon
Cold and flu symptoms:
Most cold and flu products contain several different drugs. Read the
label and refer to the list above to see if it is safe to use. Do
NOT use if even one of the contents in a medication is not
recommended for pregnancy.
Do NOT use any diet or weight loss aids in pregnancy.
Herbal remedies and dietary supplements:
Because these products are not under the jurisdiction of the FDA,
the safety of these products is not known. The use of these products
is NOT recommended during pregnancy.
Dr Michael S. Green, MD FACOG