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.
- DO NOT USE - “Excedrin Extra Strength” or “Excedrin Migraine” (contain aspirin)
- SAFE TO USE - “Excedrin Tension Headache” (contains Tylenol and caffeine)
- DO NOT USE - 3rd Trimester (before 30 WEEKS)
- SAFE TO USE - 1ST & 2ND Trimesters (occasionally, before 30 WEEKS)
- 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.
What herbs can I use during pregnancy?
OTHERS formulated in high doses (capsules, tablets, powders, etc.) may not be and are generally not advised.