Medications During Pregnancy

Medications During Pregnancy

Dr. Rosenfeld and his nursing staff advise you to not take any medicines until you are at least 13 weeks pregnant except prescribed vitamins, Tums, calcium, iron, or Surfac. If you are on any prescription medicines, please discuss them with Dr. Rosenfeld or your ob/gyn.

During your pregnancy you should not take aspirin or aspirin products, unless prescribed by Dr. Rosenfeld or your doctor. You may take acetaminophen which branded Tylenol or store brand equivalents.

Avoid During Entire Pregnancy

  • Aspirin
  • Naproxen: brands include Aleve, Naprosyn, and anything with “proxen” on the end of the name
  • Ibuoprofen: brands include Advil, Motrin, Nuprin

After 13 Weeks of Pregnancy

There are often natural remedies such using fiber-rich foods and more movement to overcome constipation or drinking lots of fluids and using steam to get past head congestion. But, especially when symptoms of an illness are robbing you of sleep, talk with Dr. Rosenfeld or your doctor about taking the following over-the-counter medications only after 13 weeks of pregnancy:

very few medications are safe to take while pregnant so ask your doctor




  • Mylicon 80
  • Milk of Magnesia


Acetaminophen (Tylenol )

Stool Softener

  • Metamusil
  • Colace
  • Surfac

Antihistamine / Decongestant

  • Afrin Nasal Spray (no longer than 2 days)
  • Benadryl
  • Sudafed / Actifed




  • Maalox
  • Mylanta
  • Digel
  • Gelusil
  • Riopan


  • Preparation H
  • Anusol


  • Phenergan
  • Emetrol

These medicines have been shown to be safe, and are approved for pregnancy by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If you take these for more than 2-3 days, please notify your doctor.

If you take medicine routinely, please notify Dr. Rosenfeld or your ob/gyn so it can be evaluated for your health and the safety of your baby.


Dr. Rosenfeld or your ob/gyn will prescribe vitamins to supplement a balanced diet. If your prenatal vitamin makes you nauseous, stop taking them until you are finished with your first trimester. The nausea typically goes away at that time.

Iron supplements may be prescribed. Or you may use any over the counter iron supplement that is 50-65 meq. The iron product, Slow Fe, has a stool softener in it.