Safe Over The Counter Medications

Aliment OTC Drug
Allergy symptoms Sudafed®, Benadryl®, saline nasal sprays
Constipation Colace®, Citracal®, mineral oil
Cough Robitussin®(DMtype), lozenges without licorice
Diarrhea Imodium®, Kaopectate®
Headache Tylenol® is the drug of choice
Hemorrhoids Tucs®, Preparation H®, Anusol®
Gastric Reflux Tums ( up to 6 tablets daily) Antacids such as Mylanta® or Maalox®, Pepcid or Zantac as directed
Itching or skin rash Topical steroids such as hydrocortisone cream .5-1%, oral  Benadryl®
Vaginal yeast Monistat®, Gynelotrimin®
  • Avoid overtreatment with these OTC medications, as diarrhea can lead to dehydration, which is unhealthy for prospective mother and fetus.
  • The amount of alcohol in most cough preparations is negligible. Cough drops should not contain licorice. Limited use of codeine is recommended for the treatment of retractable coughs.

Medications to Avoid

Aliment Medication Safe Alternative
Acne Accutane, Retin A, Doxycycline Clindamycin, Erythromycin
High Blood Pressure ACE Inhibitor: Captopril, Lisinopril Hydralazine, Metoprolol
Blood Clots Coumadin Heparin, Lovenox
Seizures Dilantin, Valproic, Acid Tegretol
Migraine Headache Imitrex Tylenol, Fiorcet
Hirsutism, PMS Spironoloactone TBD
Infections Ciprofloxacin, Tetracycline Keflex, Macrobid, Clindamycin, Penicillin
Reduced Libido Testosterone None
Manic Depression Lithium Tegretol
Anxiety/Depression Paxil, Mao Inhibitors Prozac, Zoloft