What medicines are safe to take during pregnancy?

When painful and uncomfortable symptoms strike during pregnancy, it can feel like a bit of a guessing game figuring out what medicines can safely be taken. Here is a list of approved medicines you can take for various conditions. This list also includes food and drinks that may help you.


  • Stop prenatal vitamins. Replace them with a folic acid supplement (400 mcg). Resume prenatal vitamins once nausea goes away.
  • Eat 6-8 small meals a day.
  • Take vitamin B6 (50 mg) up to three times a day.
  • Take Unisom up to three times a day.
  • Take Dramamine as directed.
  • Other ideas: C-bands or ginger


  • Consume prune juice, bran cereal, fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.
  • Take Metamucil, Citrucel, Colace or Miralax if the above do not help.


  • Take Rolaids, Tums, Gas-X, Zantac, Pepcid AC or Prilosec OTC.


  • Take Tylenol Cold, Benadryl, Claritin, Mucinex (plain, not Mucinex D or DM) or Zyrtec (plain) as directed.
  • If no improvement occurs in 3-5 days, call your doctor’s office.


  • Take Robitussin Plain or PE, Mucinex or Delsym as directed.
  • Cough drops also may be used.

Sore Throat

  • Gargle four times a day with warm salt water.
  • Throat lozenges and Chloraseptic spray also are approved.

Stuffy Nose

  • Use normal saline nasal spray or Flonase.


  • Take Tylenol (regular or extra strength).
  • Do NOT take aspirin, ibuprofen or Aleve.


  • Take Imodium AD


  • Use Anusol, Preparation H or Tucks.


  • Use calamine lotion, cortisone cream or Benadryl (by mouth or on skin).

Yeast Infection

  • Use Monistat 7.

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