Monday, March 14, 2011

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs that are safe in Pregnancy

When I was last at my Doc's office a while ago I had asked about an OTC cold medicine that may be safe during pregnancy. He conveniently provided a list of OTCs safe in pregnancy.

Here's the list and text in it's entirety:

The following OTC drugs are generally considered safe to use during pregnancy, but should be used for a limited time. Please call your provider's office if you have questions:

Pain Control
Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
   Not in weeks 1-12 or after 34 weeks, unless prescribed by provider.  
   After 12 weeks, up to 600mg every 6 hours for 24 hours; then, must discuss usage with your 
Any Cough Drops/Throat Sprays OK

Antacids/Digestive Aids
Pepcid Complete

Anti-Diarrheal Preparations
Immodium AD

Milk of Magnesia
Colace/Pericolace (Stool Softener)

Sudafed (Psuedoephedrine) After 12 weeks
Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)
Chlor-Trimeton (Chlopheniramine)
Ocean Nasal Spray
Claritin (Loratadine)

Combination Drugs (Do NOT take Tylenol with these)
Tylenol Cold (Acetaminophen, Chlorpheniramine, Psuedophedrine) After 12 weeks
Theraflu  (Acetaminophen, Dextromethorphan, Psuedoephedrine, Chlorpheniramine)  After 12 weeks
Comtrex (Acetaminophen, Brompheniramine, Psuedophedrine)  After 12 weeks

Cough Preparations
Robitussin DM (Dextromethorphan)
Robitussin (Guaifensin)

Anusol HC
Preparation H

Anti-Nausea Aids
Vitamin B6
Ginger Tea (In moderation)
Raspberry Leaf Tea (some debate on this one)

Doxy-B Regimen for Morning Sickness
1/2 Unisom Tablet and 1 Vitamin B6 100 mg in AM
1/2 Unisom Tablet and 1 Vitamin B6 100 mg in PM
1    Unisom Tablet and 1 Vitamin B6 100 mg at Bedtime

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