Over the Counter Medication for Use in Pregnancy

Use as directed on package, unless otherwise stated below. Brand and generic names are listed. Check with a pharmacist if you are unsure.

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Allergies

Alavert (loratadine)

Benadryl (diphenhydramine)*

Claritin (loratadine)

Chlor-Trimeton (chlorpheniramine)*

Zyrtec(cetirizine)*

*May cause drowsiness. Read the label.


Calcium supplements

600-1200mg daily

Caltrate plus Vitamin D

Citracal

OsCal

Tums


Constipation

Prevention:

Increase fluid, vegetable, fruit intake Exercise daily

Metamucil or Fibercon or Citrucel - Take with at least 16 oz (2 cups) of water Colace (docusate sodium) - Take 100mg 1-2 times daily


Cough

Cough drops

Robitussin DM (dextromethorphan) Mucinex (guaifenesin)


Diarrhea

Clear liquids for 24 hours If improved, follow with BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) After 24 hours, Imodium AD (loperamide HCl) - If no relief after 2 doses, call WHS for appt


Fever

Tylenol (acetaminophen)

325mg - take 1 tablet every 3 hours or 2 tablets every 6 hours

500mg – take 1 tablet every 4 hours Do not take more than 3000mg per day

If temperature is more than 100 degrees 2 hours after taking Tylenol, call WHS for appt


Headache

/Pain

Tylenol (acetaminophen):
325mg - take 1 tablet every 3 hours or 2 tablets every 6 hours
500mg – take 1 tablet every 4 hours
Do NOT take more than 3000mg per day


 

Heartburn

Prevention:

Eat smaller, more frequent meals Avoid greasy, fried, fatty foods Remain upright for 30 minutes after eating

Pepcid AC, Pepcid Complete (famotidine 10mg)

Prevacid (lansoprazole 15mg)

Tums

Zantac (ranitidine 150mg)


Hemorrhoids

Avoid constipation

Sitz baths

Anusol cream, ointment or suppositories

Preparation H

Tucks medicated pads


Morning Sickness Nausea

Ginger or peppermint tea or candies Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 25mg tablets 3 times daily

Unisom (doxylamine only) ½ tablet at bedtime in addition to Vitamin B6 Emetrol

If unable to keep fluids down for 24 hours, call WHS


Sinus Congestion

Steam- take a warm shower

Saline nasal spray

Sudafed PE (phenylephrine 5-10mg) - Do NOT take if you have high blood pressure.


Sore throat

Gargle with salt water: ½ tsp. salt in 1 cup of warm water – do not swallow Throat lozenges – Cepacol or Hall’s Chloraseptic spray


Vomiting

Sips of clear liquids as tolerated – increase gradually If improved, follow with BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) If unable to keep fluids down for 24 hours, call WHS


Yeast infection (white, cottage cheese-like vaginal discharge)

Prevention:

Minimize intake of sugars (sweets, sodas) Eat yogurt with live, active cultures

Monistat-7 (miconazole)

Gyne-Lotrimin 7 (clotrimazole)