Cough drops are considered a low-risk medicine and are labeled as safe to take during pregnancy, according to BabyCenter. However, it is important to check with a doctor or midwife before taking any medicine during pregnancy to ensure it is the right choice for an individual patient. When using cough drops during pregnancy, it is important to follow all recommended dosing suggestions on the package.Continue Reading
When possible, avoid taking any medications during the first trimester of pregnancy when the developing baby is most vulnerable, according to BabyCenter. While no medications are completely safe during pregnancy, cough drops are considered to be low-risk because they are not known to cause birth defects in babies.
Cough drops are acceptable to use during pregnancy; however, all cough medications containing alcohol should be avoided, according to BabyCenter. Additionally, other decongestants that contain pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine are not safe to use during pregnancy, as they are likely to restrict the flow of blood to the fetus. There are many over-the-counter cough and cold medications that are safe to use during pregnancy, including those that contain the expectorant guaifenesin (such as Mucinex or Robitussin), the cough suppressant dextromethorphan (such as Robitussin Maximum Strength Cough or Vicks 44 Cough Relief) and other cold medicines that use both guaifenesin and dextromethorphan (including Benylin Expectorant, Robitussin DM and Vicks 44E).Learn more about Pregnancy
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