Monday, October 5, 2009

Safe Medications to take in Pregnancy

I Get a lot of questions about what medications are safe to take during pregnancy. I have a form typed up that we give you at your first prenatal visit, but I will write them here too so here goes!

For common cold and flu: Tylenol (acetaminophen) plain not mixed with other cold remedies.
Sudafed, plain no other ingredients (buy OTC at your pharmacy)
Robitussin DM
Saline Drops
Cough Drops
* Do not use ibuprofen in the last trimester and do not use aspirin at all unless I have instructed you to do so and in what amount!

For Indigestion and Heartburn: Tums, Liquid antacids (Mylanta), Pepcid AC, and Zantac
Sometimes just a glass of milk does the job too!

Diarrhea: Immodium. Try the BRAT diet too (bananas, rice, applesauce toast). Avoid spicy or greasy foods and fruit juices as these may worsen the diarrhea.

Constipation: Colace stool softeners (Dulcolax), Dulcolax or glycerin suppositories, and Metamucil or fibercon tablets. Drink plenty of water and eat plenty of fiber and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Vaginal Yeast Infection: OTC Monistat 3 or 7 day cream. You can call me as well and I can call you in a prescription too.

Hemorrhoids: Preparation H or Tucks pads. I can also call you in anusol suppositories. Sometimes a warm bath will provide relief as well.

This is just a small list of medications for common pregnancies concerns. Please feel free to call me for any other questions on medications not listed here or for severe symptoms of illness.

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