MEDICATIONS FOR THE PRENATAL PATIENT
Use only regular or extra-strength Tylenol.
Tylenol #3 (This is a prescription drug and may be obtained through your primary care physician.)
Over-the-counter products are acceptale that contain only acetaminophen, pseudoephedrine,
Dextromethorphan, guaifensin, or diphenhydramine. Do not use cough preparations that contain
alcohol. All cough drops are okay. Saline Nasal Spray may be used to help congestion. Check labels
as ingredients change from time to time and may not be the same as the last time you took it. Do not
take Phenyleprine; some Tylenol preparations contain these.
Over-the-counter products are acceptable that contain only acetaminophen. Benadryl
(diphenhydramine) or chlorpheniramine, such as Chlor/Trimeton. Note that Claritin & Zyrtec are
This is recommended at any time during pregnancy.
Increase liquids, fresh fruits, vegetables and bran cereal. Increase daily walking. Metamucil, Senekot,
Surfak, Colace, Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia, glycerin suppositories.
Recommended dosage for the prenatal patient is 1500-2000 mg daily. This may be obtained through
diet (milk contains 300 mg per 8 oz. glass) or supplements such as Tums, Tums Ex, Viactiv, Os-Cal.
Tucks, Anusol-HC, Preparation-H.
Warm tub soaks for 15-20 minutes three times a day.
(If not allergic, any Penicillin or Cephalosporin is okay.)
Ampicillin, Keflex, Erythromycin, Augmentin, Penicillin, Zithromax, Macrodantin, Amoxicillin. For any
questions, please contact the prescribing physician and advise him/her of your pregnancy status.
Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, Maalox, Zantac (75mg), Pepcid-AC.
Avoid Alka Seltzer. Lactose pills are okay for those with a lactose intolerance.
Mineral Ice, BenGay
Avoid hot tubs. A heating pad may be used for 10 minutes at a time, but avoid the “hot” setting and
do not apply directly to the abdomen.
Hydrocortisone cream 1%, Benadryl, Calamine lotion, Eucerin.
Lidocaine or another local anesthetic is acceptable if you are not allergic. X-rays are acceptable if
necessary to determine treatment options and if the abdomen is shielded.
Warm milk, Benadryl (25 or 50 mg) used sparingly, Unisom SleepTabs (1/2 tablet, 12.5 mg)
Any over-the-counter anti-fungal preparation; do not use the applicator after 36 weeks of
Kaopectate, low-dose Imodium.
Any prenatal vitamin, prescription or over-the-counter. Avoid extra doses of vitamins.
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