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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

PREGNANCY: Approved non-prescription medications and other helps to use during pregnancy

Pain

Tylenol (acetaminophen)
use for aches, pains, & headaches
Do NOT use:
Aspirin, Advil, Aleve or Motrin

Antihistamines

After the first 12 weeks you may take Benadryl, Claritin, Chlortrimiton, Dimetapp and Zyrtec, Avoid antihistamines during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Heartburn-Indigestion-Gas

Gas-X, Maalox, Mylanta, Pepcid-AC, Prilosec OTC, Rolaids, Tagamet, Tums and Zantac, Eat small more frequent meals; avoid spicy or greasy foods.

Cough/Colds

Robitussin DM, Vicks Vapor Rub, Throat Lozenges, Gargle with Salt Water and Rest
Drink 10 or more glasses of fluids and call if fever of 101 or more.

Decongestants

Pseudoephedrine, Sudafed, Robitussin CF, Tavist D, Ocean Mist saline nasal spray, Xlear –all natural nasal spray available at a health food store

Hemorrhoids

Anusol HC, Preparation H, Tucks Pads, Hydrocortisone Cream, Heat or ice, Soak in warm bath and avoid constipation.

Diarrhea

Imodium AD, Kaopectate, Take only clear liquids for 24 hours, Follow BRAT diet (bananas,rice, applesauce, toast) until no diarrhea; avoid milk products until no diarrhea for 24 hours

Constipation

Increase fiber intake, Drink 10 – 12 glasses of non-caffeinated liquids, ½ cup cooked of steel-cut oats daily, Benifiber, Colase, Citrucel, Metamucil, Milk of Magnesia

Toothache

Orajel, Tylenol, See a dentist – ok to have cavities filled; ok to have novacaine; delay xrays until after delivery if possible

Insomnia (can't sleep)

Benadryl, Camomile Tea @ bedtime, Avoid caffeine after noon

Yeast Infections

Monistat 7

Headaches

Tylenol, Rest in dark quiet room, Drink plenty of fluids, Try heat or ice to back of neck