Every medication carries with it risks and benefits.
It is important to discuss with your doctor all prescription and non-prescription medications you are or may consider taking. This includes vitamin supplements, herbal and so called “natural” supplements. We would prefer that it not be necessary for you to take any medications during your pregnancy, however we do realize that this is not possible for many patients.
DO NOT discontinue any medications prescribed for significant medical problems unless you have first spoken with the physician who prescribed the medication for you and with your obstetrician. It is often far more dangerous for you and for the baby to suffer the effects of a disease than it is to take the medication used to treat the disease. If you are prescribed a medication during pregnancy, please take the entire course of the prescription.
Listed below are common conditions and medications that are thought to be safe to use on an occasional basis for these conditions. If you find that you need one of these medications frequently, please discuss with your doctor or the nurse. You may use the generic form of these medications if you’d like.
Common Medications Used During Pregnancy
|Allergies||Benadryl, Claritin, ZyrtecAfter 1st Trimester: Sudafed (pseudoephedrine hydrochloride)|
|Cough/Cold||Robitussin (plain), Tylenol, Mucinex, Delsym|
|Congestion||Sudafed, Benadryl (diphenhydramine hydrochloride)|
|Constipation||Metamucil, Surfak, Colace, Fibercon, Milk of Magnesia, Miralax|
|Gas/Flatus||Mylanta, Simethicone (Gas-x)|
|Heartburn/Indigestion||Mylanta, Riopan, Tums (avoid Alka-Seltzer), Zantac, Tagamet, Prevacid, Pepcid|
|Hemorrhoids||Anusol cream or suppositories, Tucks, Preparation H|
|Herpes||Don Burrows soaks, discuss with your doctor’s office a prescription for an anti-herpes prescription|
|Nausea||Emetrol, Vitamin B6 (Pyroxidine) 25 mg per day|
|Sore Throat||Cepacol lozenges, warm salt-water gargles|
|Skin Irritation||Calamine, Caladryl, Corticaine, Lanacort, Hydrocortisone 1% cream, Neosporin|
- Avoid Any Non-steroidal, Anti-inflammatory Such As Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Or Motrin Unless Prescribed By Your Physician.
- Avoid Any Mega Dose Vitamins, Especially Those Containing High Doses Of Vitamin A.
- Discuss With Your Doctor Any And All Over The Counter Medications, Vitamins And Herbs You May Be Taking.
- Absolutely Do Not Take Any Form Of Accutane (acne-medication)
SMOKING, ALCOHOL AND STREET DRUGS
DO NOT SMOKE OR CONSUME ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. This is probably the single most important thing you can do for your baby!! If you smoke, even a small amount, please discuss with your doctor ways you can quit. Smoking not only causes prematurity, low birth weight and decreased intelligence in babies, it can create lifelong problems for your baby. It is also important that you not be exposed to “second hand” smoke. No one should smoke around you. Take this opportunity to encourage everyone in the family to quit smoking. Alcohol can cause birth defects and poor fetal growth, and should be avoided. If you are in the habit of having even an occasional drink, please discuss with your doctor.
DO NOT USE MARIJUANA, SPEED, COCAINE OR OTHER STREET DRUGS. These drugs are extremely dangerous to both you and your baby. If you are taking these drugs, please discuss with your doctor ways you can quit.