Safe Medications

Over-the-Counter Medications

The following is a list of medications that you may take for relief of specific symptoms. While the medications listed below are considered safe in pregnancy, it is best to limit their use, especially during the first trimester. Remember to use natural-type remedies when possible, rather than medicines (for example, hot lemon juice and honey for a sore throat). When taking over-the-counter medications, be sure to read the product label and follow the directions. If you have any questions about medications, please call your provider at 860.679.2792 before taking.

If you are being seen by our Maternal-Fetal Medicine doctors for your prenatal care, you are asked to contact their office prior to taking any medication as your health care may be affected by
over-the-counter medications.



Heart burn Calcium carbonate (Tums)
Ranitidine (Zantac)
Famotidine (Pepcid)
Cimetidine (Tagamet)
Constipation Metamucil, Citrucel
Docusate (Colace, Dulcolax)
Milk of Magnesia
Polyethyelene glycol (MiraLAX)
Diarrhea Loperamide (Imodium A-D)
Nausea Ginger, peppermint, or raspberry leaf tea
Headache, fever, sore throat Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Sneezing, runny nose, itchy/watery eyes Chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton)
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
Nasal congestion Saline nasal spray or saline nasal irrigations
Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)

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