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Allergy medications: Many, including the nasal spray Nasalcrom, and antihistamines such as Benadryl and Unisom
Antinausea drugs: Vitamin B6 (up to 100 milligrams daily), and other products, including Dramamine and Unisom
Constipation remedies: Stool softeners and other products, including Milk of Magnesia, Amphogel, and Maalox
Flu fighters: The flu vaccine. Caveat: If you're allergic to eggs or chicken, you shouldn't get this vaccine, which may contain egg protein.
Heartburn remedies: Many antacids, including Amphogel, Gelusil, and Maalox
Multivitamins: Many brands, as long as they don't include doses of vitamins or minerals far in excess of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI).
Caveat: Talk to your doctor about taking prenatal vitamin-mineral supplements, which are specially formulated for pregnant and nursing women.
Pain relievers: Acetaminophen, or Tylenol
Yeast Infection remedies: Most vaginal creams, including Monistat and Femizol-M
**Less safe OTCs**
Pain relievers: Aspirin at doses higher than 81 milligrams--the amount in "baby" aspirin. Motrin, Advil, and other brands of ibuprofen, as well as other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including naproxen sodium, and ketoprofen (All should be avoided after the second trimester.)
Constipation remedies: Mineral oil
Though grabbing an OTC off the shelf is convenient, your doctor may be able to prescribe a drug that does the same job with a greater margin of safety. Many OTC cold remedies, for instance, are combinations of medicines--decongestants, cough suppressants, and antihistamines. If you've got a nasty cough and nothing else, having your doctor prescribe a cough suppressant, and nothing else, is a better bet. That way, you don't end up taking drugs you really don't need, Dr. Yankowitz says.
In general, older prescription drugs are a safer bet than the newest drugs on the market, simply because they've been used longer and we know more about them, he adds. Here's a list of some of the most commonly used drugs with cleaner, and not so clean, track records during pregnancy:
Safer prescription drugs
Antibiotics: Several major classes, including penicillin, cephalosporin, erythromycin, clindamycin
Asthma medications: Most inhaled medications, including inhaled steroids
Antacids: Many, including Zantac and Carafate
Antidepressants: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft; and tricyclic antidepressants, such as imipramine, sold as Tofranil, and amitriptyline, sold as Elavil
High blood pressure drugs: Several, including Aldomet, Normodyne, and Trandate
Less safe prescription drugs
Antibiotics: Tetracycline and doxycycline (avoid after the first trimester), streptomycin and kanamycin
Antiseizure drugs: Carbamazepine, sold as Tegretol or Carbatrol, and valproic acid
Migraine medications: Ergotamine drugs such as Ergomar and Bellamine
Unsafe prescription drugs
Acne medications: Accutane and other oral vitamin A compounds
Arthritis drugs: Arthrotec
Blood thinners: Warfarin, sold as Coumadin
High blood pressure medications: ACE inhibitors such as Lotensin, Accupril, Monopril (Avoid after the first trimester.)
Ulcer medications: Misoprostol, sold as Cytotec
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