Can I take cough syrup while I am pregnant?

Pregnancy, far from being a cure for the common cold, can often make the symptoms of a cold worse than they might otherwise be.  It is important to make sure that the medicines you take to combat these symptoms are not harmful to you or your baby.

One of the most commonly used and safest medicines during pregnancy is cough syrup.  While the main ingredients in cough syrup such as Guaifenesin tend to be safe while you are pregnant, you should watch for other ingredients such as antihistamines or decongestants and check with your physician before using any such medicines.

While many over-the-counter cough syrups are safe, the big concern here is the alcohol they contain. Even though the amount of alcohol consumed in a few teaspoons of cough syrup is minimal, it’s wise to ask your physician or pharmacist to recommend a cough syrup with no- or low-alcohol content.



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