Over-the-Counter Medications Safe for Pregnancy

Comparable Trade/Generic Medications approved. Please contact the clinic or pharmacist with any questions.




  • Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser
  • CeraVe® Hydrating Cleanser
  • Glytone


  • Alavery® or Claritin® (loratadine)
  • Benadryl® (diphenhydramine)
  • Zyrtec® (cetirizine)


  • Citrucel or Unifiber®
  • Colace®
  • Ex-lax®
  • Fiber caplets or Fiber Con®
  • Metamucil® psyllium
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Mineral Oil (one ounce) in prune juice
  • ClearLax, MiraLax®


  • Imodium® (Loperamide)


  • Vicks® Nature Fusion Cough (dextromethorphan hydrobromide)
  • Delsym® 12-Hour Extended Release
  • Mucinex® (Guaifenesin)


  • Gas-X® chewable tablets or Maalox® (simethicone)
  • Mylanta® maximum strength liquid or Maalox®


  • Gaviscon® (aluminum hydroxide, magnesium carbonate)
  • Zantac® (Ranitidine)
  • Pepcid® (Famotidine) 
  • Maalox tablets or Rolaids® or Titralac® or Tums® (take less than 2,000 mg)


  • Anusol-HC® or Preparation H® Hydrocortisone
  • Preparation H® (phenylephrine, pramoxine, glycerin, petroleum) 
  • Tucks® pads (witch hazel)

Nausea/Vomiting Motion Sickness

  • Vitamin B6 (take 25mg four times a day) 
  • Unisom® Sleep Tabs (doxylamine succinate) Take one-half 25mg tablet and 25mg of Vitamin B6 three to four times a day.

Pain (Call the clinic if pain is in your abdomen.)

  • Tylenol® (acetaminophen) Take 650mg to 1,000mg every 4-6 hours as needed. Do not take more than 3,000mg in 24 hours. If you don’t have relief in 24 hours, call the clinic.

Rash (Call the clinic if you have an allergic reaction, or no relief)

  • Aveeno® Soothing bath treatment (colloidal oatmeal) 
  • Caladryl Clear® lotion (calamine, zinc oxide) 
  • Cortaid® (hydrocortisone) 
  • Gold Bond®1% Medicated Anti-itch Cream (Menthol, Pramoxine)

Sinus/ Congestion/Cold

  • Chlor-Trimeton (chlorpheniramine) 
  • Coricidin HBP® Chest Congestion and Cough (dextromethorphan, guaifenesin) 
  • Ocean Mist® nasal spray (saline sprays) 
  • Sudafed® (pseudoephedrine) AVOID IN THE FIRST TRIMESTER

Sleep Disturbance

  • Unisom® Sleep Tabs (doxylamine succinate) 
  • Tylenol® PM (acetaminophen, diphenhydramine HCL)

Sore Throat

  • Cepacol® Maximum Strength Sore Throat Spray or Sucrets® lozenges (dyclonine hydrochloride) 
  • Chloraseptic® lozenges (benzocaine) or spray (phenol) Do not take longer than 2 days. 
  • Halls® or Robitussin® lozenges (menthol) 
  • Vicks® lozenges with honey (dextromethorphan hydrobromide)

Vaginal Yeast Infection

  • Per CDC - Only Topical/”Azole” creams for 7 days. 
  • Gyne-Lotrimin® (clotrimazole) 
  • Monistat® 7 vaginal cream (miconazole)