What over-the-counter medications can I take during pregnancy?

Headaches, cold symptoms, allergies

Sudafed® for stuffy nose
Zyrtec®, Claritin® (Loratadine) or Benadyrl® (Diphenhydramine HCl) for allergies
Mucinex® (Guaifenesin)or Hall’s drops for cough
Chloraseptic® spray for sore throat

Nausea and/or vomiting

Tums® or Viactiv® chews
Over-the-counter Zantac® Emetrol
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxime)- 50 mg daily 
Candied Ginger (sold at Whole Foods and Williams & Sonoma)
½ tablet Unisom® at bedtime

Diarrhea

Increase fluids, such as Gatorade, BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast). If severe, lasting 
more than 48 hours or if bloody, consult provider.

Constipation

Miralax®
Colace
Docusate
Benefiber®
Metamucil®
Fiber bars
Increased water consumption

Gas

Simethicone
Mylanta®
Gas X®

Yeast infection

Miconazole Nitrate (Monistat®)

Insomnia

Benadyrl®
Unisom®

Skin

Do not use any form of Retin A (Tretinoin) during the length of your pregnancy
Refrain from using skin treatments first trimester

Note: These medications are considered safe when taken as instructed, but please consult with your doctor before starting any new medication.

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