Q: I am pregnant and need something for a cold. What can I take?
A: There are several OTC options that have various combinations of the recommended drugs to use in pregnancy. Find one that correlates with the symptoms you are experiencing and try not to use anything with extra medications you do not need. The best options for several common problems are:
Pain/fever: Acetaminophen (Tylenol®)
Nasal congestion: Phenylephrine (Sudafed®)
Chest congestion: Guaifenesin
Overall, a lot of OTC medications can be taken safely, but it is definitely best to only use them short term. Be sure to also always check with your OB-GYN or pharmacist before starting a new medication.
This question was answered by pharmacy student, Will Stevens.
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