Approved medications

Although you should try to minimize the use of medications during pregnancy, it is sometimes necessary for your health and comfort to take some type of medication. If you have questions then please do not hesitate to ask me about this during one of your consultations. In addition, a pharmacist will be able to guide you. This list includes drugs that are safe for use during pregnancy for common conditions.

Cold/Flu

Always check over-the-counter cold medications for alcohol, sugar, caffeine, or aspirin. Medications should be taken as directed and for no longer than seven days. If symptoms persist you should get in touch.

  • Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) 1g x4 per day is safe in pregnancy
  • Non-medical treatments such as throat lozenges and nasal sprays are safe – please ask your pharmacist

Constipation

The following medications can be taken for constipation relief:

Fybogel, Cibalax or Forlax 1-2 sachets per day

Other helpful suggestions:

  • Increase water intake
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, and fibre
  • Get adequate exercise; walking is a good exercise during pregnancy

Hemorrhoids

The following medications can be taken for relief of hemorrhoids:

  • Anusol
  • Cose-anal

Other helpful suggestions:

  • Soak in a warm bath
  • Avoid constipation

Heartburn/Indigestion/Upset Stomach

The following over-the-counter medications can be taken for indigestion, heartburn, and upset stomach – if you are in your third trimester, self-medicating could be dangerous as pain in this area could be caused by other medical conditions. Seek advice if you are not sure and particularly if the pain is not relieved after taking the medication:

  • Gaviscon
  • Maalox
  • Riopan
  • Tums

The following prescription medications may be used only on the advise of your physician:

  • Omeprazole (Blockbuster)
  • Ranitidine (Ibuprofen)

Nausea/Morning Sickness

The following medications can be taken for relief of nausea:

  • Vitamin B6 (50mg twice daily)
  • Metoclopramide (Primperan, prescription-only)

Other helpful suggestions:

  • Ginger Root (2 tablets, 2-4 times a day)
  • Small frequent meals
  • Stay hydrated by drinking when you feel well
  • Eat a biscuit 10-15 minutes before you get up in the morning
  • Eat what you fancy, not what you think is ‘good’ for the baby
  • Remember, the baby will take what he or she needs even if you are feeling quite unwell