INTERVENTIONS AND OVER THE COUNTER (OTC) MEDICATIONS GUIDELINE FOR USE DURING PREGNANCY
HEADACHES AND MILD PAIN: Tylenol Extra Strength–2 tablets every 4 hrs not to exceed 8 in 24 hours.
CONGESTION, COLD & COUGH, OR SORE THROAT: Use a humidifier, get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids. Try nasal sprays first. Afrin or Neo-Synephrine are recommended. Tylenol products, Sudafed or Actifed are safe. Robitussin DM and cough drops or throat lozenges can be used. Benadryl, Dimetapp, Claritin or Zyrtec are ok to use.
NAUSEA, VOMITTING AND DIARRHEA: Get out of bed slowly in the morning. Eat a few saltine crackers at bedtime and before rising in the morning. Eat more frequently but smaller portions, and avoid greasy, spicy foods. Emetrol OTC for nausea is safe. Immodium AD and Kaopectate can be used to treat diarrhea.
CONSTIPATION: If taking Iron tablets, discontinue for a few days. Add more fiber to diet such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole wheat and bran products. Increase fluid intake. Citrucel, Fibercon and Metamucil OTC remedies are safe.
HEARTBURN AND INDIGESTION: Eat more frequently but smaller portions. Don’t lay flat immediately after eating. Prop your head up when laying down. Do not go to bed immediately after eating. Liquid antacids work better than tablets. Gaviscon, Mylanta, Maalox, Tums, Rolaids, Pepcid AC, Tagamet HB, and Prilosec OTC are safe to use.
If any symptoms worsen or don’t improve in 48 hours, call the office. All medications used in pregnancy should be used for as short a time as possible. Follow the instructions on the label. This list is only a guideline. Check the ingredients before you purchase any medications. Generics are OK.
Call the office at (325) 481-2270 if you have any questions or concerns during office hours Monday through Friday 8am—5pm.