The over-the-counter (OTC) medications listed below are generally considered safe to use during pregnancy.

However, it is always best to avoid taking any medication during the first trimester, if at all possible. Also, while these suggested medications are permissible, on an acute or short-term basis, you should inform your doctor of any drug, which you feel you will need over a longer period of time. There are many prescription drugs, which are also safe to take.




  • Gelusil
  • Maalox
  • Mylanta
  • Pepcid Ac
  • Riopan
  • Titralac Plus
  • Tums
  • Tagamet
  • Titralac
  • Zantac
  • Citrucel
  • Colace
  • Doxidan
  • Metamucil
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Peri-Colace
  • Senokot
  • Senokot-Plus
  • Tylenol*
  • Avoid taking aspirin-containing compounds. 
  • Avoid Advil, Motrin, Nuprin-typedrugs - called "nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs")

*Avoid taking aspirin containing compounds. Avoid Advil, Motrin, Nuprin-type drugs - called "nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs





  • Emertrol
  • Dramamine
  • Imodium-AD
  • Kaopectate
  • Anusol
  • Preparation-H
  • Tucks






  • Tavist
  • Chlor-Trimeton
  • Claritin
  • Sudafed
  • Sinutab
  • Tylenol Cold
  • Actifed Cold & Allergy
  • Sudafed Plus
  • Chlor-Trimeton Plus
  • Actifed Cold & Sinus
  • Tylenol Multisymptom Formula 
  • Robitussin DM 

**Do not use Dimetane, Dimetapp, or Drixoral during pregnancy. Try to avoid decongestants in the first trimester.

NOTE: This is a partial list only. It is not possible to put together a complete list as there are so many name-brand formulations.

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Edina, MN 55435