1. Safe Medications for Pregnant Women

    Safe Medications for Pregnant Women

    August 10, 2018

    Posted By: SFM

Pregnancy raises a lot of questions, and a big one is “what kinds of medications are safe to take?” We know that your health and the health of your baby is of the utmost importance, so to help simplify your pregnancy, here’s our helpful chart to know which medications are and are not safe* to take while pregnant.

Looking for an even easier answer? Healthy Mama is a medication brand designed especially for pregnant women, so it may not be the most convenient option (or the cheapest), you can be assured that your needs as a pregnant mama, are being put first.

*Please note that no medication can be considered 100% safe

Acne

Benzoyl Peroxide

Clindamcin

Topical Erythromycin

Salicylic Acid

AVOID: Accutane

Retin-A

Tetracycline

Minocycline

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antibiotics

Ceclor

Cephalosporins

E-mycins

Keflex

Macrobid/Macrodantin

Penicillin

Zithromax

AVOID: Cipro

Tetracycline

Minocycline

Levaquin

Bactrim

 

 

Colds/Allergies

Benadryl, Claratin,

Claratin-D**

Chlor-Trimeton, Dimetapp,

Drixoral-Non-Drowsy

Mucinex (guaifenesin)

Robitussin DM

Sudafed**/Sudafed-12 Hour**

Sudafed PE Pseudoephedrine**

Tylenol Cold & Sinus **

Vicks VapoRub

Zyrtec

**AVOID if Problems with Blood Pressure

AVOID cold remedies that contain alcohol

Constipation

Colace, Dulcolax Suppository

Fibercon, Fiber-Lax, Metamucil,

Milk of Magnesia, Miralax,

Perdium, Senakot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cough

Actifed, Sudafed

Cough Drops

Phenergan w/Codeine if prescribed

Robitussin (plain & DM)

 

 

Crab/Lice

RID

AVOID: Kwell

 

 

 

 

 

Diarrhea

(for 24 hours, only after 12 weeks of pregnancy)

Imodium

Kaopectate

Maalox Total Relief

Parecectolin

Pepto Diarrhea, Contro

 

Gas

Gas-X

Mylicon

Phazyme

 

 

 

 

Headaches

Cold Compress

Tylenol (Regular or Extra Strength)

Acetaminophen

 

 

 

 

Heartburn

(Avoid lying down for at least 1 hour after meals)

Aciphex, Gaviscon,

Maalox, Mylanta,

Pepcid, Pepcid Complete

Prevacid, Prilosec, Rolaids

Zantac

Tums (limit 4/day)

Hemorrhoids

Anusol/Anusol H.C.

(RX: Analapram 2.5%)

Hydrocortisone

Preparation H, Tucks

Vaseline lotion applied to tissue

Witch Hazel

 

Herpes

Acyclovir

Famvir

Valtrex

 

 

 

 

Insomnia

Benadryl

Maximum Strength Unisom SleepGels,

Nytol, Sominex,

EaZZZe the Pain!

Itching

Cortaid

Lanacort

 

 

 

Leg Cramps

Benadryl

 

 

 

 

Nasal Spray

Saline Nasal Spray

Afrin nasal spray

 

 

Nausea

Vitamin B6 25mg 3 times daily

Unisom 1/4 or 1/2 tablet at bedtime

Vitamin B6 or Unisom at bedtime

Dramamine, Emetrol

Ginger Root 250mg 4 times daily

High Complex Carbs @ Bedtime

Sea Bands – Acupressure

Pain

Tylenol/Extra Strength Tylenol

Darvocet**

Lortab**, Percocet**

Tramadol**, Tylenol 3**,

Ultram**, Vicodin**

**Narcotic medications should only be used when prescribed for a legitimate medical problem by a doctor for a short period of time

 

Prenatal Vitamins

Any of the counter prenatal vitamins.

DHA is an optional addition to your prental vitamin and can be obtained in a separate pill. DHA can be found in fish oil, some plant based vitamins and Expecta DHA

 

 

 

 

 

Rash

Benadryl

Caladryl lotion or cream

1% Hydrocortisone Cream

Oatmeal bath (Aveeno)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleep Aids

Ambien, Benadryl

Chamomile Tea

Unisom, Tylenol PM

Warm milk add sugar/vanilla for flavor

 

Throat

Cepacol

Cepastat

Salt Water Gargle w/warm water

Throat Lozenges

 

Tooth Pain

Oragel

 

 

 

 

 

Yeast Infection

Gyne-lotrimin,

Micatin

Monistat-3

Terazol-3

Avoid:

1 Day Creams

If you have other questions about medications, or wish to speak to a provider, our clinic hours are posted here. If you are an expecting mother looking for an OB/GYN, you can see which of our providers are accepting new patients here.

We wish you a safe and happy pregnancy. From all of us here at Sound Family Medicine, congratulations on your growing family!

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