You can Still use over-the Counter Medications even if you’re pregnant

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Not only are colds and congestion unpleasant, but they are more severe if you are pregnant. Here are some ways you can feel better in a hurry.

It is common for mucinex for pregnancy women to experience discomforts, pains, or aches. Before you go searching for an over-thecounter remedy, find out which medications are safe to use during pregnancy.

There are many medications that are safe to take during pregnancy. But there are also some drugs that can pose dangers to your baby. Be sure to consult your doctor before starting any medication, prescription or not.

Remember that even if you don’t feel any symptoms (e.g., a headache), it could sometimes indicate a more serious pregnancy complication. Consider your current medications and any prescriptions you have before you try to take an over-thecounter medication. Even medications that are safe in pregnancy can pose a danger if they come into contact with other medications. Talk to your ob/gyn about any concerns.

Here are some common concerns during pregnancy.

Aches & Pains

Acetaminophen – Tylenol can be used to treat general aches, headaches and pains. Non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), like ibuprofen or Motrin (Advil and Motrin), and naproxen/Aleve (Aleve), should be avoided. OTC drugs that are not prescribed by a doctor may lead to congenital defects of the heart. If used in the second trimester, they can also be linked to heart abnormalities or low levels of amniotic water.

Allergy symptoms and congestion

Antihistamines such the diphenhydramine (Benadryl), loratidine and loratidine are safe to use during pregnancy for congested issues. Avoid pseudoephedrine. (Sudafed) may cause birth defects to the baby’s abdomen wall. Decongestants such as phenylephrine and other decongestants can cause blood loss to the placenta. These should be avoided in all stages of pregnancy.


Two major cough medication ingredients–dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant) and guaifenesin (an expectorant, which means it loosens up thick mucus)–both appear to be safe during pregnancy, although both have been tested in relatively few studies.


Metamucil or stool softeners like Colace are safe for pregnant women to help ease constipation. These medications, as well as mineral oils and rectal supplements, may stimulate labor. Your doctor should discuss these options with you.


Mylanta or Tums seem to be safe for pregnancy. In fact, most women report that they significantly improve their heartburn symptoms. Talk to your doctor to see if antacids alone are not enough. Famotidine (Pepcid), crosses the placenta. However, it doesn’t seem to be associated to any pregnancy complications. Ranitidine (Zantac), previously considered safe during pregnancy. But in 2019, the FDA detected low levels cancer-causing contaminants in some samples of the drug. Manufacturers have voluntarily recalled these medicines.

These are just a few examples of situations in which the potential benefit from taking medication may outweigh any possible risk to baby. Talk to your doctor before you take any medication.

Ashley Roman MD, is an ob/gyn physician and maternal-fetal medicine specialist at NYU Langone. Tulane University in 1998 gave her her medical degree. Since 2007, she is included in the “Best Doctors in Americaā€¯ list.