Medications and solutions for:

Zika Virus Facts and Prevention Tips


  • Allegra (Fexofenadine)
  • Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)
  • Chlor-Trimeton
  • Claritin (Loratadine)
  • Cough drops
  • Humidifier or vaporizer as needed
  • Mucinex (Guaifenesin)
  • Robitussin DM
  • Saline nasal spray
  • Zyrtec (Citirizine)

If no improvement in three days, please call the office.

Sore Throat

  • Chloraseptic spray
  • Throat lozenges, peppermint, Luden's throat drops
  • Warm salt water gargles (1tsp. per 8 oz. water)
If lasts longer than two days or is accompanied by a fever over 101 degrees, please call the office.

Headache and Minor Pain

  • Heating pad
  • Tylenol (Acetaminophen)- Do not exceed 3000mg in 24 hours
  • Warm bath


  • Diet modifications: avoid spicy or fried foods, heavy meals, eating late at night
  • Gas-X (Simethicone)
  • Maalox Plus (Aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide and simethicone)
  • Mylanta (Calcium carbonate/magnesium carbonate)
  • Pepcid (Famotidine)
  • Prilosec OTC (Omeprazole)
  • Sleep with head elevated
  • Tagamet (Cimetidine)
  • Tums or Rolaids
  • Zantac (Ranitidine)

Yeast Infection

  • Gynelotrimin
  • Monostat


  • Anusol
  • Follow diet and fluid suggestions to avoid constipation
  • Increase fluids and fiber intake
  • Miralax
  • Preparation H
  • Stool Softeners


  • Increase fluids
  • At least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily
  • Use stool softeners first
    • Citrucel (fiber)
    • Colace (stool softener)
    • Dialose (stool softener and laxative)
    • Fleets Enema (rectal laxative)
    • Glycerine suppositories (rectal laxative)
    • Metamucil (fiber)
    • Milk of Magnesia (laxative)
    • Miralax (laxative)
    • Surfak (stool softener)


  • Avoid caffeine
  • Avoid dairy
  • Bland diet or BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) for 24 hours
  • Clear liquids
  • Immodium AD
  • Kaopectate

Nausea and Vomiting

  • Bland diet or BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) for 24 hours
  • Small frequent meals
  • Dry crackers first thing in the morning
  • Ginger snaps
  • Ginger Ale
  • Vitamin B6 up to 100mg daily (25mg tablets 4 times a day)
  • Peppermints
  • Meclizine
  • Benadryl
  • Dramamine
  • Emetrol Liquid
  • Unisom
  • No dairy or caffeine

If no improvement in 24 hours, call the office.

Nose Bleeds

  • Lie down, pinch nostrils together for several minutes. Apply an ice pack behind your neck.
  • If recurrent or prolonged greater than 30 minutes, call office.

Dry Skin/Rash

  • Lubriderm or Eucerin lotion
  • Calamine lotion
  • Aveeno Oatmeal Bath
  • Hydrocortisone 1% cream
  • Benadryl
If lasts longer than three days, call the office.

Difficulty Sleeping

  • Exercise in the morning; avoid exercising in the evening
  • Warm bath
  • Warm milk before bed
  • Hot Chamomile tea
  • Tylenol PM
  • Benadryl

Leg Cramps

  • Eat foods high in calcium, potassium and protein
  • Increase fluids like Gatorade (replaces electrolytes)
  • Wear support hose
  • Massage area; apply heating pad as needed in 30 minute increments

Fluid Retention

  • Elevate legs above hips and head. Tilt to the left for one hour, twice daily
  • Wear support hose, not knee highs or thigh highs
  • Drink eight glasses of water daily
  • Eat adequate amounts of protein daily
  • Keep sodium intake between 2000mg - 2200mg per day

Food and Pregnancy

  • No undercooked meats (no medium or medium rare steaks, no raw sushi)
  • Deli meats must be heated until steaming
  • Up to 12 ounces of fish per week (no fish high in mercury such as shark, sword fish, tile fish and mackerel)
  • Tuna can make up to 6 ounces of weekly fish intake
  • No smoked seafood
  • No pâté
  • No raw eggs
  • No unpasturized cheeses (soft imported cheese)
  • No unpasturized milk
  • Limit caffeine to fewer than 300mg daily
  • No alcohol
  • Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly
  • Nutrasweet, Splenda, etc., safe in moderation (2-3 beverages a day)

Good Things to do During Pregnancy

  • Exercise 3-5 times weekly, no contact sports, drink plenty of fluids
  • Stop exercise if you feel dizzy or short of breath
  • Calcium 1500mg daily added for bone protection
  • Eat a well balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and lean meats
  • Rest at least one hour during the day
  • Sleep at least eight hours per night; it is okay to sleep in any comfortable position, even on your back

Safe Things to do During Pregnancy

  • Flu vaccine
  • Sex (unless having signs of preterm labor)
  • Painting, provided the area is well ventilated
  • Cleaning, provided the area is well ventilated
  • Having a manicure or pedicure
  • Hair color or perms
  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractor
  • Acupuncture

Things to Avoid During Pregnancy

  • Tanning beds
  • Hot tubs or saunas
  • Extreme heat
  • Fast food (high calorie and salt intake)
  • Fried foods or foods high in fat
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines such as Motrin (Ibuprofen), Aleve (Naproxen), Advil and Aspirin
  • Lifting, pulling, or pushing greater than 25 pounds
Prenatal Classes are offered by Saint Joseph East