What Heartburn Medications (Drugs) Are Safe to Take During Pregnancy?
Heartburn during pregnancy is common. Safe over-the-counter (OTC) heartburn medications include:
- Antacids (for example, Maalox, Mylanta)
- Alginic acid/antacid combination (Gaviscon)
- Sucralfate (Carafate).
The most reasonable first line of treatment is antacids alone, one hour after meals and at bedtime. It may be necessary to alternate magnesium and aluminum-containing antacids to avoid diarrhea or constipation.
Antacids, Gaviscon, and Carafate have serious side effects. Talk with your OB/GYN about safe medicine for heartburn during pregnancy.