What drugs are safe for me to use during pregnancy and nursing?
During your pregnancy, it’s very important to avoid medications that might harm your baby. The most obvious solution is not to take any drugs. However, from a practical standpoint, that would be impossible. Risk factors have been assigned to many drugs, based on the level of risk the drug poses for your baby. Do not ever use previously prescribed medication without checking with us first. We have assembled a list of non-prescription drugs that you can use sparingly for minor problems.
Please consult with us before using any drug not listed below:
- Pain relief: Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Extra-Strength Tylenol)
- Cough suppressant: Robitussin, Robitussin DM
- Runny/stuffy nose: Sudafed, Benadryl, Actifed, Tylenol Cold
- Diarrhea: Kaopectate, Immodium
- Constipation: Stool softeners (Colace, Dialose, Metamucil) or laxatives (Peri-Colace, Dialose Plus, Milk of Magnesia, Metamucil)
- Antacids: Riopan, Riopan Plus, Mylanta, Maalox, Tums
- Sore throat: Chloraseptic, Cepacol gargle, Cepastat lozenges
- Nausea: Emetrol -- other anti-nausea medications are used only in extreme cases and must be discussed with your doctor individually
- Hemorrhoids: Ice packs are the most helpful, but you can also use hydrocortisone ointment, Tuck’s Pads, or Preparation H (all available without prescription)
DO NOT USE these drugs during your pregnancy:
- Certain antibiotics (do not use old prescription medication)
- Illegal substances (i.e. marijuana, methamphetamines, crack, etc.)