Medications in Pregnancy: FAQ

What over-the-counter medications can I take during pregnancy?
Most are safe to use. The most commonly used are for ALLERGY, COLD, FLU, NAUSEA, DIARRHEA, CONSTIPATION, HEARTBURN, HEADACHES, and PAIN. CONTACT US with questions.

DO NOT USE:
  • Aspirin, Excedrin Migraine (salicylic acid)
  • Aleve (naproxen)
  • Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate (bismuth)

What pain medications can I take during pregnancy?
Generally TYLENOL (acetaminophen) has been considered safe and the most used. Typical doses of 325 – 650 mg are safe. Even the “extra-strength” dose of 500 – 1000 mg is safe, especially if is it’s needed for severe pain on occasion. Follow the daily limits on the bottle.

EXCEDRIN:
  • DO NOT USE - “Excedrin Extra Strength” or “Excedrin Migraine” (contain aspirin)
  • SAFE TO USE - “Excedrin Tension Headache” (contains Tylenol and caffeine)

IBUPROFEN:
  • DO NOT USE - 3rd Trimester (before 30 WEEKS)
  • SAFE TO USE - 1ST & 2ND Trimesters (occasionally, before 30 WEEKS)

OTHER:
  • DO NOT USE – Aspirin (salicylic acid), Aleve (Naproxen), Migraine prescriptions
  • SAFE TO USE – Narcotics (occasionally, if prescribed)

What prescription medications can I take during pregnancy?
Many antibiotics are safe, but some are not: CONTACT US 907.519.6751

What supplements can I take during pregnancy?
  • Generally you only need a PNV (prenatal vitamin) or MVI (multivitamin), which typically contains the 400 mcg of FOLIC ACID (FOLATE) that is needed to prevent (neural tube) birth defects.
  • Most people in Alaska are low in VITAMIN D and would benefit from taking at least 2000 IU – 4000 IU daily.
  • Many people do not get enough CALCIUM in their diet and would benefit from 500 mg, 1-2x daily.
  • Most OTHER supplements are probably safe, including OMEGA-3, FISH OIL, PROBIOTICS, MELATONIN.

DO NOT USE:
  • Retin A
  • Retinol

  • What herbs can I use during pregnancy?
    Herbs in TEA and FOOD are safe.

    OTHERS formulated in high doses (capsules, tablets, powders, etc.) may not be and are generally not advised.