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Over-the-counter medications that can be taken during pregnancy

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


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


  • Simethicone 
  • Mylanta® 
  • Gas X®

Headaches, cold symptoms, allergies:

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


  • Benadryl® 
  • Unisom®

Nausea and/or vomiting:

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


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

Yeast infection

  • Miconazole Nitrate (Monistat®)

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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