Medications During Pregnancy
During your pregnancy, we recommend that you do not take any medications without first consulting your physician. The following are common complaints and certain over the counter medicines that are safe to use as directed in pregnancy.
Indigestion can often be prevented by eating smaller, more frequent bland meals. Additionally, do not lie down for sixty minutes after eating. Lastly, use the following medications as directed as they can often be helpful in eliminating discomfort associated with indigestion. TUMS, ROLAIDS, MAALOX or MYLANTA.
A) O.K. To Take: Mylanta, Maalox.
B) Make Appointment to See Doctor if: Abdominal pain is not resolving.
For Nausea or Morning Sickness:
Starchy foods like crackers, dry toast or pretzels can be helpful. Also ginger ale can be soothing to an upset stomach. Report worsening symptoms to your physician immediately if you cannot tolerate food or water.
A) Increase fluid intake using Gatorade, Eat small frequent, bland meals.
B) Make Appointment to See Doctor if: Unable to tolerate fluids or if feeling weak and dizzy.
Try to increase the bulk (fiber) and roughage in your diet by eating more bran, leafy green vegetables, salads and fresh or dried fruit. You should also increase the amount of fluid you drink. If these suggestions do not help, you may try product METAMUCIL or FIBERCON, which are bulk forming substances. Other products which may give relief are DULCOLAX or COLACE. Contact your physician if the constipation is not relieved after two days
A) O.K. To Take: Metamucil, Konsyl - Stool softener and natural laxative Dulcolax, Co/ace - Stool softeners.
Keeping bowel movements soft and avoiding the need to strain are most important in reducing irritation from hemorrhoids (see above). You may also try warm baths several times a days as well as TUCKS pads or PREPARATION H.
A) Increase fluid intake using Gatorade, then Add BRAT diet - Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Tea or toast.
B) Make Appointment to See Doctor if: Fever over 101. Not improved in 2-3 days. Feeling Weak and dizzy.
Stress, being overworked or overtired and changes in hormone levels during pregnancy may be responsible for headaches. Be sure to get enough sleep, especially during the first few months of pregnancy, and to take a relaxation or rest break during daily activities. If you need to take a medication, use regular strength TYLENOL as directed on the package.
For Colds, Congestion or Flu:
It is most important to get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids. TYLENOL should be used to reduce fever and body aches. SUDAFED, BENADRYL and CLARITIN can be used as decongestants, and ROBITUSSIN (plain) may be used for coughs. If you have a persistent fever (over 100.0) in spite of using Tylenol, or a cough which produces yellow or green sputum, please call the office.
A) O.K. To Take: Tylenol - Aches and pains. Sudafed, Claritin, Benadryl - congestion. Robitussin - coughing. Chloraseptic/Cepacol lozenges - sore throat.
B) Make Appointment To See Doctor if: Fever over 101. Coughing up a yellow/green sputum. Not getting better in 2-3 days.
A) O.K. To Take: Benadryl, Claritin.