Safe Medications You Can Take While Pregnant or Breastfeeding

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Medications can help women stay healthy while they are pregnant and also breastfeeding when it is more likely that they could get themselves or their baby sick. We are going to provide a list of medications that you can use for a variety of symptoms and illnesses. All of these are safe for you and your baby, but still look at the labels for corrects dosages. If you have any questions it is best to contact your physician with more questions or concerns.

Safe Medications


  • Clindamycin
  • Tropical Erythromycin

Back Pain and Other Pains

  • Tylenol (Regular or Extra strength)
  • Bengay
  • Biofreeze
  • Icy Hot
  • Thermocare

Constipation and Gas

  • Colace, Miralax, Fleets, Fibercon, and Metamucil
  • Bean O, Gas-X, Mylicon, and Phazyme


  • Anusol/Anusol H.C. (RX: Analapram 2.5%)
  • Hydrocortisone OTC
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  • Benadryl
  • 1% Hydrocortisone Cream

Cough Medicines and Nasal Sprays

  • Saline Nasal Spray
  • Cough drops
  • Mucinex
  • Robitussin (Plain)

Colds and Allergies

  • Benadryl, Claritin, and Zyrtec (Plain formulas)
  • Mucinex (guaifenesin)
  • Vicks Vapor Rub
  • Sudafed, Sudafed-12 Hour, and Tylenol Cold & Sinus should be avoided if you have problems with blood pressure or there is an abnormal fetal heart rate. We recommend that you do not take for more than three consecutive days.


  • Cold Compress
  • Tylenol (Regular or Extra strength)
  • Acetaminophen

Sleep Aids

  • Benadryl
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Unisom, Tylenol PM
  • Warm milk (Add vanilla/sugar for flavor)


There are several medications that you should avoid all together if you are pregnant, which could cause you or your baby harm and could potentially be fatal. Here is the list of medications that you will need to avoid taking.

  • Accutane
  • Retin-A
  • Tetracycline
  • Minocycline
  • 1 day creams for yeast infections
  • Cipro
  • Levaquin
  • Ibuprofen & Excendrin
  • Aspirin
  • Like mentioned above, avoid Sudafed, Sudafed-12 Hour, and Tylenol Cold & Sinus if you have problems with blood pressure or there is an abnormal fetal heart rate. Do NOT take for more than three consecutive days.
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We really hope that this post helped you out if you were concerned with what medications you could take while pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have any other concerns or want to know for sure if taking any of these is safe for you, personally, we strongly recommend that you talk to your medical office and get their opinion as well.


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