Four Over the Counter Medicines for Nausea and Pregnancy

Four Over the Counter Medicines for Nausea and Pregnancy

Finding out you’re pregnant can be a joyous time, but once the nausea kicks in, it can be impossible to do even the most minute of tasks. Nausea is a common side effect of pregnancy, and can range from “morning sickness” that occurs shortly after waking up, along with all-day sickness that never seems to go away. If you’re having trouble with your nausea, there are some over-the-counter medicines that are worth giving a try. While they may not alleviate the nausea completely, you can feel a great deal better.


The first type of over-the-counter medication to try when you have nausea are antacids. While antacids are usually for heartburn, they can also help alleviate some feelings of nausea. They are safe to take during pregnancy and include Tums, Rolaids, and other antacid brands. Follow the instructions on the bottle and never take more than the recommended amount. You may find a combination of antacids and other medicines listed below help your nausea.


Emetrol is a brand name of an antiemetic medicine, made of phosphorated carbohydrates, to help relieve both nausea and vomiting. You can also find other brand names of the same medicine, though Emetrol is easier to find in stores. This medicine comes in liquid form as a syrup so it is easy to take even when you have nausea. Read the label closely and never take a higher dose than what is recommended. If you have diabetes or a hereditary fructose intolerance, you should avoid taking this medicine. If the taste is too strong, you can dilute it with water but this will decrease its effectiveness.


Another brand of anti-nausea medication that is available over-the-counter and safe during pregnancy is Dramamine. Dramamine is a popular brand name of the medicine classification dimenhydrinate. Other brand names similar to Dramamine include Gravol Gravamin, Vertirosan, and Vomex. It was originally created to treat motion sickness but has been effective as an anti-nausea medicine as well. You can find Dramamine in pill, liquid, and suppository form.

Imodium AD

Known as a loperamide, Imodium AD is a common over-the-counter medicine used to treat nausea. Experts believe Imodium AD to be safe to take during pregnancy as long as your doctor approves of it and you only take the recommended dose. Aside from treating nausea, Imodium AD is also used for diarrhea. Other brand names include Lopedium, Fortasec, Lopex, Imodium, and Pepto Diarrhea Control.

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