OTC Meds During Pregnancy

The following is a list of over-the-counter medications that you may take during your pregnancy to treat some commonly encountered symptoms. As with all medications used in pregnancy, safety cannot always be proven. You should, in general, limit the use of medications to the treatment of severe symptoms.

Please inform your doctor of any prescription medications that you are taking.

Recommended Over-The-Counter Medications

Symptom & Solution
  • Heartburn: Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, Maalox
  • Headache: Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Constipation: Fiber Supplements (Metamucil)
  • Stool Softeners: (Colace – Ducosate Sodium)
  • Hemorrhoids: Preparation H, Anusol
  • Nausea: Vitamin B6
  • Unisom: (Doxylamine Succinate)
  • Fever: Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Cough: Robitussin DM
  • Nasal Congestion: Benadryl, Sudafed
  • Sore Throat: Any Lozenges, including zinc
  • Chloraseptic: spray
  • Diarrhea: Imodium AD
  • Yeast Infection: Vaginal Creams such as Monostat or Gyne-Lotrimin
  • Flu or Cold: Preparations such as “Tylenol Cold” or “Tylenol PM” contain combinations of medicines to treat a group of symptoms: Benadryl (Diphenhydramine), Chlorpheniramine and Dextramethorphan, for example. Using these products individually for specific symptoms may be preferable in order to limit the number of medications you take.