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Medication Use During Pregnancy

Please call the office during regular office hours to speak with our nurse about over the counter medication options at (706) 341-3311. 

Type of Remedy: Allergy

  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®)

  • Loratidine (Claritin®)

  • Cetirizine (Zyrtec®)

Type of Remedy: Cold and Flu

  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)*

  • Dextromethorphan (Robitussin®)*

  • Guaifenesin (Mucinex® [plain]) *

  • Vicks Vapor Rub® mentholated cream

  • Mentholated or non-mentholated cough drops

  • (Sugar-free cough drops for gestational diabetes should not contain blends of herbs or aspartame)

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol®)*

  • Saline nasal drops or spray

  • Warm salt/water gargle

*Note: Do not take the "SA" (Sustained Action) form of these drugs or the "Multi-Symptom" form of these drugs.

Do not use Nyquil® due to its high alcohol content.

Type of Remedy: Diarrhea

  • Loperamide ([Imodium®] after 1st trimester, for 24 hours only)

Type of Remedy: Constipation

  • Methylcellulose fiber (Citrucel®)

  • Docusate (Colace®)

  • psyllium (Fiberall®, Metamucil®)

  • polycarbophil (FiberCon®)

  • polyethylene glycol (MiraLAX®)*

*Occasional use only

Type of Remedy: First Aid Ointment

  • Neomycin/polymyxin B/bacitracin (Neosporin®)

Type of Remedy: Headache

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

Do not use Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)​

Type of Remedy: Heartburn

  • Aluminum hydroxide/magnesium carbonate (Gaviscon®)*

  • Famotidine (Pepcid AC®)

  • Aluminum hydroxide/magnesium hydroxide (Maalox®)

  • Calcium carbonate/magnesium carbonate (Mylanta®)

  • Calcium carbonate (Titralac®, Tums®)

*Occasional use only

Type of Remedy: Hemorrhoids

  • Phenylephrine/mineral oil/petrolatum (Preparation H®)

  • Witch hazel (Tucks® pads or ointment)

Type of Remedy: Insect repellant

N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET®)

Type of Remedy: Nausea and Vomiting

  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

  • Vitamin B6 

  • Doxylamine (Unisom) 

Type of Remedy: Rashes

  • Diphenhydramine cream (Benadryl)

  • Hydrocortisone cream or ointment

  • Oatmeal bath (Aveeno®)

Type of Remedy: Sleep

  • Diphenhydramine (Unisom SleepGels®, Benadryl)

*Occasional use only

Type of Remedy: Yeast Infection

  • Miconazole (Monistat®) - Use 7 Day Package

*Please note: No drug can be considered 100% safe to use during pregnancy.

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