Medication List for Pregnancy

Now that you are pregnant, you may be wondering about what medications are safe to use.
The following is a list of medications that we feel are safe to use during your pregnancy. If you are in doubt about using a medication, especially if it is not on the list, please consult with your provider or the Birthing Center.

If you are currently on a medication for medical reasons, speak with an OB provider to check on the safety of using during your pregnancy. To keep you and your baby healthy, it is important that you and your prenatal provider work together.

Name Brand Name Maximum Dosage Reasons for Use
Acetaminophen Tylenol 650mg every 6 hours Headache, pain, fever
Loratidine Claritin 10mg once a day Allergies,rash
Cetirizine Zyrtec 5-10mg once a day Allergies, rash
Diphenhydramine Benadryl 25mg every 6 hours Allergies, rash
Dextromethorphan Robitussin DM 5ml (1tsp) every 6 hours Cough
Cepacol lozenges   As needed Cough, sore throat
Cough drops   As needed Cough, sore throat
  Mylanta 2 tablets as needed Heartburn/indigestion
  Maalox 1-2 tablets as needed Heartburn/indigestion
Famotidine Pepcid AC 10mg twice a day Heartburn/indigestion
Ranitidine Zantac 150mg twice a day Heartburn/indigestion
  Tums As needed Heartburn/indigestion
Rolaids Rolaids 2 tablets every 4 hours Heartburn/indigestion
  Milk of Magnesia 5-15mL (1-3tsp) four times a day Constipation
Psyllium   1 tsp in 8ounces of water twice a day Constipation
  Metamucil 1 tsp in 8ounces of water twice a day Constipation
  FiberCon 1 gram four times a day Constipation
Docusate sodium Colace 100mg twice a day Constipation
Dibucaine ointment Nupercainal As directed Hemorrhoids
  Preparation H As directed Hemorrhoids
Anusol   As directed Hemorrhoids
Loperamide Imodium As directed Diarrhea

Babies born to women who take prescription pain medicine, opiate substitution medication and medicine for anxiety/panic attacks in pregnancy may experience withdrawal symptoms after birth. For this reason, these babies may need to be observed longer in the hospital after delivery. If you are taking one of these types of medications and would like to speak to a pediatric provider about this prior to your delivery, you may set up a consultation by calling the pediatric department at 607-547-7981.

**Please note: this document is subject to change. Call the Birthing Center or your provider directly with any concerns or questions.

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