There may come a time during your pregnancy when you’re feeling under the weather and aren’t sure if you can take your regular over the counter medication. Some medications are safe to take during pregnancy. But others are not, or their effects on your baby may not be known.
When you meet with your doctor to confirm you’re pregnant, ask what meds are OK to take and what meds you need to find alternatives for. Your health care provider will weigh the risks and benefits to help you know what’s safe.
List of medications you can take while pregnant the following medications and home remedies have no known harmful effects during pregnancy when taken according to the package directions. Contact your doctor for additional information on their safety or for medications not listed here
Safe List of medications you can take while pregnant
- diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- Loratadine (Claritin)
- Steroid nasal spray (Rhinocort)
- Check with your doctor before taking these in the first trimester.
Cold and Flu
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Saline nasal drops or spray
- Warm salt/water gargle
- Check with your doctor before taking any other medications, especially in the
- first trimester.
First Aid Ointment
- J&J First-Aid Cream
- Benadryl cream
- Caladryl lotion or cream
- Hydrocortisone cream or ointment
- Oatmeal bath (Aveeno)
*Note: No drug can be considered one hundred percent safe to use during pregnancy.
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PREGNANCY MEDICATION LIST
It is recommended that you take NO MEDICATION during your first trimester unless medically indicated. This list is provided as a courtesy to our patients for safety considerations when taking medication while pregnant. As always, we recommend consulting your medical care provider before taking any new medications while pregnant.