Medications Safe to Take During Pregnancy
Some are considered safe but others are not. It depends on:
- The medicine – We know that some medicines are considered safe to take during pregnancy , and which ones could potentially harm a baby or cause problems. However, many medicines have not been studied in pregnant women, and their effects on mom and baby are unknown.
- Your current stage in pregnancy
Call & consult with us before taking any medication during your pregnancy to ensure it is safe to take.
Additional information about the safety of taking certain medications during pregnancy is available by calling MotherToBaby hotline, which is free (in the US): 1-866-626-6847.
Below is a small list of medications that are approved to take during pregnancy for the symptoms listed.
- Fever: Tylenol (Acetaminophen) – do not exceed 650mg per day
- Cough & cold: Robitussin, Mucinex, Tylenol cold products, Sudafed, Actifed, Throat lozenges, Cepacol, Chloraseptic Spray/Gargle
- Allergies: Claritin, Claritin-D
- Skin rashes or hives: Benadryl
- Diarrhea: Kaopectate, Imodium
- Constipation: Metamucil, Surfak, Milk of Magnesia, MiraLAX, Colace
- Hemorrhoids: Preparation H, Tucks Pads
- Heartburn (Indigestion): Riopan, Mylanta, Maalox, Tums
- Headache: Tylenol (acetaminophen) – do not exceed 650mg per day
- If the headache continues after a dose of Tylenol (acetaminophen) notify your doctor or nurse. It is important to mention this in the last half of your pregnancy because it could be a symptom of a more serious problem.
- Nausea: Emetrol
- Acne: Topical treatments are fine to use but avoid any with retinoic acid. Before taking any oral treatments call your doctor to discuss.
- Pain: Tylenol (acetaminophen) – do not exceed 650mg per day
- Tylenol is the most recommended medication for pain during pregnancy.
- Check with your doctor before taking any other pain medications