safe otc medications for pregnancy

Heartburn, gas and bloating, upset stomach

  • Antacids for heartburn (Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids, Tums)
  • Simethicone for gas pains (Gas-X, Maalox Anti-Gas, Mylanta Gas, Mylicon)

Cough or cold

  • Guaifenesin, an expectorant (Hytuss, Mucinex, Naldecon Senior EX, Robitussin DM)
  • Dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant (Benylin Adult, Robitussin Maximum Strength Cough, Scot-Tussin DM, Vicks 44 Cough Relief)
  • Guaifenesin plus dextromethorphan (Benylin Expectorant, Robitussin DM, Vicks 44E);Cough drops Vicks VapoRub
  • Avoid cold remedies that contain alcohol. Also avoid the decongestants pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine, which can affect blood flow to the placenta.

Pain relief, headache, and fever

  • Acetaminophen (Anacin Aspirin-Free, Tylenol)

Allergy relief

  • Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin, Normal Saline Spray, Neti-pot with packaged saline.

Constipation, hemorrhoids, and diarrhea

  • Psyllium (Konsyl-D, Metamucil, Modane Bulk, Perdiem) Polycarbophil (Equalactin, Fiber-Lax, FiberNorm, Konsyl-Fiber, Mitrolan)
  • Methylcellulose (Citrucel, Unifiber)
  • Other laxatives and stool softeners (Colace, Dulcolax, Maltsupex, milk of magnesia, MIRALAX)
  • Hemorrhoid creams (Anusol, Preparation H, Tucks), Anti-diarrhea medication Loperamide (Imodium, Kaopectate II, Maalox Anti-Diarrheal, Pepto Diarrhea Control)

Yeast infections and other fungal infections such as athlete’s foot

  • Clotrimazole (Cruex, Gyne-Lotrimin 3, Lotrimin AF, Mycelex 7)
  • Miconazole (Desenex, Femizol-M, Micatin, Monistat 3)
  • Terbinafine (Lamisil AT)
  • Tioconazole (Monistat 1, Vagistat 1)
  • Butoconazole (Femstat 3, Mycelex 3)
  • Butenafine (Lotrimin Ultra)
  • Tolnaftate (Absorbine Athlete’s Foot Cream, Absorbine Footcare, Genaspor, Tinactin)
  • Undecylenic Acid and derivatives (Cruex, Desenex, Fungi Cure, Tinacide)
  • Certain Cruex, Desenex, and Fungi Cure products may contain other antifungal agents not listed here that should not be used during pregnancy. Check the labels carefully.


  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl, Maximum Strength Unisom SleepGels, Nytol, Sominex)
  • Doxylamine succinate (Unisom Nighttime Sleep-Aid)

First-aid preparations

  • Cortaid, Lanacort, Polysporin

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

  • Cimetidine (Tagamet®)
  • Prilosec OTC


  • Simethicone (Gas-X ®, Mylicon ®, Phazyme ®)
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