During pregnancy it’s best to avoid the use of medications, especially during the first trimester. Any specific questions regarding medications are best handled by speaking with the physician. The following medications can be used if absolutely necessary.
PAIN OR FEVER:
Tylenol (acetaminophen) – Use sparingly, less than one dose every two weeks unless absolutely essential.
Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin, NasalCrom Spray
COLD/COUGH and DECONGESTANTS:
Mucinex, Coricidin, Actifed, Robitussin, Vicks Vapor Rub, cough drops/lozenges, chloraseptic spray, Afrin (no more than 3-4 days consecutively)
Sudafed and Tylenol Cold and Sinus (pseudoephedrine) should NOT be used during the first trimester, okay to use in the second and third trimester as long as patient does not have elevated blood pressure
The following ingredients are safe to use:
Dextromethorphan Guafenisen Chorpheniramine Diphenhydramine Oxymetalozine
Benadryl, Unisom (doxylamine)
Imodium, BRAT Diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast)
Vitamin B6, Unisom (doxylamine) Ginger
Maalox, Mylanta, Zantac, Pepcid, Tums, Rolaids
Metamucil, Colace, Miralax