Taking medications during pregnancy should always be approached with caution. Always consult your physician before taking anything. However, when a cold strikes, it can be difficult to suffer through the symptoms without any relief.
Fortunately, there are a number of over the counter medications that are considered safe or low risk for pregnant women. These medications should only be used as directed and only to treat the symptoms of occasional mild illnesses. Also, avoid taking anything during your first trimester while your baby is in its early developmental stages.
Below is a short list of a few common afflictions and medications that are considered safe for use during pregnancy.
- Headache: Tylenol (acetaminophen)
- Allergies: Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
- Rashes: Hydrocortisone creams
- First Aid Ointment: Neosporin/Polysporin
- Cold/Flu: Robitussin (dextromethorphan)
As stated above, always consult your Pacific Women’s Center physician before taking any type of medication. While those listed above are considered safe, not every medication is safe for 100% of women. There are also numerous medications to avoid at all costs. These include:
- Cough/cold medications containing alcohol
- Decongestants containing pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine
- Any medication containing aspirin
- Any medication containing ibuprofen
The list above is by no means exhaustive. If you are pregnant and unsure about what medications are safe for use, please give Pacific Women’s Center a call at (541) 342-8616 and speak with one of our experienced staff members.