Cawley ObGyn and Aesthetics Center Mineral Wells Texas
Aesthetic Services

Over The Counter Medications During Pregnancy

Our goal is to provide excellent Obstetric care. We hope to reassure you, and challenge you to be your best to ensure the health of our two patients – you and your baby. It is crucial that every appointment be attended.

Some quick tips for having a healthy start to your pregnancy:

  • Avoid all alcoholic beverages
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes or tobacco use and all recreational drug use
  • Limit caffeinated beverages to no more than one per day
  • Start taking prenatal vitamins daily
  • Check with us before taking any new or over-the-counter medication
  • Stay on any prescribed medication unless instructed to stop

Over-the-counter medications that may be used during pregnancy:

Allergies: Claritin (loratidine), Benadryl (diphenhydramine)*, Zyrtec (cetirizine)

Sinus Congestion: Sudafed (pseudoephedrine), Sudafed PE (with phenylephrine), Tylenol Sinus, Saline
nasal spray, cool mist humidifier

Sinus Congestion/Allergies: Chlortrimeton (chlorpheniramine maleate), Chlortrimeton plus decongestant (pseudoephedrine)*, Claritin D, Tylenol Sinus & Allergy*, Tylenol Cold & Sinus*, Mucinex

Pain: Tylenol Regular or Extra Strength (acetaminophen), Heating pad at low setting on back, warm compresses to abdomen, warm baths

Cough: Cough drops, Robitussin DM (guaifenesin), cool mist humidifier

Sore Throat: Warm salt gargle (1 tsp salt per 8 oz water), Chloraseptic Spray, throat lozenges,
peppermint, Luden’s throat drops. If lasts longer than 2-3 days or if accompanied with
fever over 101, call office.

Indigestion/Heartburn/Gas: Tums Regular or Extra Strength, Zantac 75 mg (ranitidine HCL), Pepcid
(famotidine), Tagamet (cimetidine), Mylanta, Gas-X (simethicone)

Constipation: Increase water, fruits and vegetables in diet (prunes or bran cereal), Metamucil or
Citrucel on a regular basis, Milk of Magnesia (occasional use), Colace (docusate sodium)
stool softener

Diarrhea: Imodium AD (loperamide), BRATT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, tea), clear liquids
for 24 hours

Hemorrhoids: Anusol suppository or ointment, Preparation H, Tucks pads (to use externally), avoid

Nausea/Vomiting: Eat small, frequent meals. Dry crackers first thing in the morning, ginger snaps,
ginger ale, Bonine (meclizine)*, Benadryl (diphenhydramine)*, Dramamine (dimenhydrinate)*, Emetrol Liquid, Unisome (doxylamine)*

Dry skin/Rash: Lubriderm or Eucerin lotion, Calamine lotion, Aveeno Oatmeal Bath, Hydrocortisone 1% Cream, Benadryl (diphenhydramine)* If lasts longer than 3 days call office.

Difficulty sleeping: Warm bath, warm milk before bed, hot chamomile tea, Tylenol PM (occasional use)*

The name in parentheses is the generic form of each medication. An * indicates that the medication may cause drowsiness.


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