safe medications while pregnant

Safe Medications During Pregnancy

May 13, 2022

By: The Women’s Clinic at Highland

Safe Medicine You Can Take During Pregnancy

Is it safe for me to take medications while I am pregnant?
In the first 8 weeks of pregnancy, it is best to avoid any medications if
possible. This is the main time of organ development in the fetus. Therefore,
prevent from using any over-the-counter medications during this time.

What can I do for the first 8 weeks?

Before taking over-the-counter medications, try other ways to relieve your
symptoms. For cold and cough symptoms: rest, drink extra fluids, and use
a cool mist vaporizer 18 inches from your face. Occasionally you may be
prescribed medication during this time for nausea and other symptoms.

What If I Have To Take Medications?

Regardless of whether you’re taking over-the-counter medications or
prescriptions, remember, the healthier you are, the healthier your baby will be!
Should you have questions about medications, or if symptoms continue, call us
between 8:00 AM–5:00 PM Monday-Friday at (318) 798-4400. If it’s after hours,
you can call the hospital at (318) 681-5447 and speak to a nurse. If it’s an
emergency, stay on the office line and page the Doctor on call through the
answering service.

What over-the-counter medications can I take safely?


Dramamine (If no relief, call the office)

Cold Symptoms & Allergies

  • Benadryl or Chlor-Trimenton (anti-histamine, anti-allergy)
  • Tylenol Flu, Cold, Sinus, & Allergy
  • Mucinex or Sudafed (decongestant)
  • Actifed (anti-histamine & decongestant)
  • Afrin Nasal Spray – 2 puffs every 12 hours (nasal saline for dryness & nasal congestion)

Cough symptoms

  • Robitussin or Robitussin DM
  • If cough is productive with green or yellow sputum, call the office


  • Colace (Docusate) – 100mg twice a day
  • Milk of Magnesia – 2 tablespoons every evening
  • Citrate of Magnesia – 1 bottle no more than once a week
  • Metamucil – 1 heaping tablespoon with 8 oz. water or juice per day.
    • With Metamucil, you must drink at least 6 glasses (8 oz.) of water every day

Headaches or Body Aches

  • Tylenol (or any acetaminophen preparations) up to 650 mg every 6 hours
  • DO NOT take any Aspirin or Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) unless authorized to do so by your Doctor
  • If headache persists for 24 hours, causes visual disturbances, or numbness/tingling in extremities, call the office at (318) 798-4400

Fever or Chills

  • If your temperature is over 99.5°F, you can take up to 650 mg of Tylenol every 6 hours.
  • If fever exceeds 101.5°F, call the office at (318) 798-4400.
  • If calling after hours, have the answering service page the Doctor on call.


  • Imodium – take as directed on label. If no relief, call the office.