Richmond OB-GYN | Bon Secours

Medications in Pregnancy

It is best to avoid any medications during pregnancy, if at all possible. However, some medications that have not been found to cause any problems during pregnancy may be taken.

You May Take

  • For headaches, aches and pain Tylenol (acetaminophen)
  • For coughs or congestion Robitussin (plain or DM)
  • For sinus congestion and allergies Sudafed (regular or 12 hour)
  • For cold symptoms Chlor-Trimeton, Sucrets
  • For itching and allergies Benadryl
  • For skin rashes Cortisone creams (over the counter) and Neosporin
  • For constipation/gastrointestinal problems Citrucel or Metamucil, Fibercon, Colace, Milk of Magnesia
  • For diarrhea Kaopectate, Imodium AD, Mylanta II
  • For indigestion Riopan Plus, Tums, Maalox
  • For hemorrhoids Tucks pads, Anusol, Preparation H
  • For yeast infections Monistat
  • Okay in Limited Amounts NutraSweet and caffeine

Do Not Take Unless Prescribed by Your Physician

  • Aspirin
  • Advil/Nuprin/Aleve
  • Alka-Seltzer
  • Hormones or birth control pills
  • Alcohol or alcohol-containing medications
  • Strong laxatives
  • Enemas or douches
  • Multi-symptom cold medications
  • Old prescriptions
  • Nicotine

Do Not Stop Taking
Medications prescribed for medical problems such as seizures, hypertension, diabetes or asthma.

Discuss these medications with us or the prescribing physician as soon as you know you are pregnant.