Patient Education: Get Informed About Obstetric and Gynecologic Problems, Health & Options

When it comes to your health — through every stage of your life — we’re here as your advocates, guides and partners. This includes providing you what you need to make informed decisions and take charge of your health confidently.

In addition to prioritizing patient education in all that we do and throughout the care we provide, we have compiled these educational resources. Below, you’ll find external, web-based resources from authoritative Women’s Health organizations and a list of medications you can safely take for common ailments during your pregnancy.

PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH

“Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

– Elizabeth Stone

SEXUAL HEALTH

“A woman may develop wrinkles and cellulite, lose her waistline, her bustline, her ability to bear a child, even her sense of humor, but none of that implies a loss of her sexuality, her femininity.”

– Barbara Gordon

MENOPAUSE

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

– Sophia Lauren

WOMEN’S CANCERS

“Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. A ‘You can do it’ when things are tough.”

– Richard DeVos

INCONTINENCE

MEDICATIONS SAFE FOR USE DURING PREGNANCY

During pregnancy, you can be more susceptible to certain ailments (like cold and flu) and other conditions. But not all medications are safe to use during pregnancy, and you need to be aware which ones to use and which to avoid, which is outlined in the table below.

Adhere to the medications listed here, and be sure to follow medications’ labels and instructions for proper dosage and use.

Acne
Benzoyl Peroxide
Clindamycin
Topical Erythromycin
Salicylic Acid

Avoid:
Accutane
Retin-A
Tetracycline
Minocycline

Antibiotics
Ceclor
Cephalosporins
E-mycins
Keflex
Macrobid/Macrodantin
Penicillin
Zithromax

Avoid:
Cipro
Tetracycline
Minocycline
Levaquin

Colds/Allergies
Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec
Chlor-Trimeton, Dimetapp
Drixoral-Non-Drowsy
Mucinex (guaifenesin)
Vicks Vapor Rub
Nasal Allergy Sprays

Constipation
Colace, Miralax, Senokot
Dulcolax Suppository
Fibercon, Metamucil
Perdium

Cough
Actifed, Sudafed
Cough Drops
Phenergan w/Codeine, if prescribed
Robitussin (plain & DM)

Crab/Lice
RID

Avoid:
Kwell

Gas
Gas-X
Mylicon
Phazyme

Headaches
Cold Compress
Tylenol (regular or extra strength)
Acetaminophen

Heartburn
(Avoid lying down for at least 1 hour after meals)
Aciphex, Maalox, Mylanta, Pepcid, Milk of Magnesia
Pepcid Complete
Prevacid, Prilosec, Rolaids
Zantac
Tums (limit 4/day)

Hemorrhoids
Anusol/Anusol H.C.
(RX: Analapram 2.5%)
Hydrocortisone OTC
Preparation H, Tucks
Vaseline lotion applied to tissue

Herpes
Acyclovir
Famvir
Valtrex

Leg Cramps
Benadryl

Nasal Spray
Saline Nasal Spray

Nausea
Vitamin B6 (25mg 3 times daily)
Unisom, 1/4 or 1/2 tablet at bedtime
Vitamin B6 and Unisom at bedtime
Dramamine, Emetrol
Ginger Root, 250mg 4 times daily
High complex carbs @ bedtime
Sea Bands – Acupressure

Pain
Tylenol
Lortab**, Percocet**
Tramadol**, Tylenol 3**
Ultram**, Vicodin**
**Narcotic medications should only be used when prescribed for a legitimate medical problem by a doctor for a short period of time.

Rash
Benadryl
1% Hydrocortisone Cream

Sleep Aids
Ambien, Benadryl
Unisom, Tylenol PM
Warm milk, add vanilla/sugar for flavor

Throat
Cepacol
Cepastat
Saltwater gargle w/ warm water
Throat lozenges

Tooth Pain
Orajel

Yeast Infection
Gyne-lotrimin, Monistat-3
Terazol-3

Avoid:
1-day creams

Prenatal Vitamins
Any over-the-counter prenatal vitamins
DHA is an optional addition to your prenatal vitamin and can be obtained in a separate pill. DHA can be found in fish oil, some plant-based vitamins, and Similac Prenatal.

Acne
Benzoyl Peroxide
Clindamycin
Topical Erythromycin
Salicylic Acid

Avoid:
Accutane
Retin-A
Tetracycline
Minocycline

Antibiotics
Ceclor
Cephalosporins
E-mycins
Keflex
Macrobid/Macrodantin
Penicillin
Zithromax

Avoid:
Cipro
Tetracycline
Minocycline
Levaquin

Colds/Allergies
Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec
Chlor-Trimeton, Dimetapp
Drixoral-Non-Drowsy
Mucinex (guaifenesin)
Vicks Vapor Rub
Nasal Allergy Sprays

Constipation
Colace, Miralax, Senokot
Dulcolax Suppository
Fibercon, Metamucil
Perdium

Cough
Actifed, Sudafed
Cough Drops
Phenergan w/Codeine, if prescribed
Robitussin (plain & DM)

Crab/Lice
RID

Avoid:
Kwell

Gas
Gas-X
Mylicon
Phazyme

Headaches
Cold Compress
Tylenol (regular or extra strength)
Acetaminophen

Heartburn
(Avoid lying down for at least 1 hour after meals)
Aciphex, Maalox, Mylanta, Pepcid, Milk of Magnesia
Pepcid Complete
Prevacid, Prilosec, Rolaids
Zantac
Tums (limit 4/day)

Hemorrhoids
Anusol/Anusol H.C.
(RX: Analapram 2.5%)
Hydrocortisone OTC
Preparation H, Tucks
Vaseline lotion applied to tissue

Herpes
Acyclovir
Famvir
Valtrex

Leg Cramps
Benadryl

Nasal Spray
Saline Nasal Spray

Nausea
Vitamin B6 (25mg 3 times daily)
Unisom, 1/4 or 1/2 tablet at bedtime
Vitamin B6 and Unisom at bedtime
Dramamine, Emetrol
Ginger Root, 250mg 4 times daily
High complex carbs @ bedtime
Sea Bands – Acupressure

Pain
Tylenol
Lortab**, Percocet**
Tramadol**, Tylenol 3**
Ultram**, Vicodin**
**Narcotic medications should only be used when prescribed for a legitimate medical problem by a doctor for a short period of time.

Rash
Benadryl
1% Hydrocortisone Cream

Sleep Aids
Ambien, Benadryl
Unisom, Tylenol PM
Warm milk, add vanilla/sugar for flavor

Throat
Cepacol
Cepastat
Saltwater gargle w/ warm water
Throat lozenges

Tooth Pain
Orajel

Yeast Infection
Gyne-lotrimin, Monistat-3
Terazol-3

Avoid:
1-day creams

Prenatal Vitamins
Any over-the-counter prenatal vitamins
DHA is an optional addition to your prenatal vitamin and can be obtained in a separate pill. DHA can be found in fish oil, some plant-based vitamins, and Similac Prenatal.

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