Some of the ingredients in cold medications are considered safe for pregnant women, but others should be avoided.
Most cold medicines are multi-symptom remedies that contain two or more drugs (although you can also buy these drugs individually). The drugs include antihistamines for alleviating allergy symptoms and helping you sleep, antitussives for suppressing coughs, expectorants for loosening up mucus, decongestants for relieving stuffiness, and analgesics for easing aches and pains.
Remember that no drug is 100 percent safe for all women, so it’s a good idea to check with your doctor or midwife before taking any kind of medicine during pregnancy. Don’t take more than the recommended dose and, if possible, avoid taking anything during your first trimester, when your developing baby is most vulnerable.
Here are a few cold medications that are okay to take during pregnancy:
The antihistamines chlorpheniramine, loratadine, doxylamine, brompheniramine, phenindamine, pheniramine, triprolidine, and diphenhydramine are considered low risk during pregnancy, but they can make you sleepy, especially doxylamine and diphenhydramine.
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