Can you use cough medicine while breastfeeding?

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Date created: Sat, May 8, 2021 3:34 AM
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  • You can take cough suppressant dextromethorphan which has been considered safe and does not affect the baby when breastfeeding. Generally, lozenges, throat sprays, and cough drops are also safe; it is essential that you steer off drops that contain high menthol content because they can reduce milk supply.

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It is recommended that you take cough medicine while breastfeeding that can be eliminated by the body quickly. The short-acting medications are recommended over the long acting ones because they will clear quickly in the system.

Cough Drops. Most cough drops are considered safe while breastfeeding. Specifically, menthol cough drops and those which contain the numbing agent benzocaine are unlikely to pass into the breast milk. Menthol has been anecdotally reported to reduce milk supply in some women.

Taking dextromethorphan (Delsym, Robitussin), a cough suppressant, while breastfeeding is typically fine. If you have a dry cough, you might find this helpful. If your cough comes with a bit more mucus, guaifenesin ER (Mucinex) is usually the go-to.

If you’re dealing with a nagging cough, cough suppressants with the ingredient dextromethorphan are also safe to take while breast-feeding. Cold Medications Precautions While Breast-Feeding

If you choose to take cough medicine while breastfeeding, then dosage is highly important. Taking more than listed on the package or recommended by your doctor could increase the medication concentration in your milk. This increases the chance of harm to your infant. Also, do not mix medications at the same time as this may increase their effect.

36 years experience Integrative Medicine Ginger and Honey: Fresh ginger tea with honey is good for a cough. Moms who are breastfeeding can safely eat honey. but babies under the age of 1 should not be given...

Prescription lomotil (atropine/diphenoxylate) is not recommended during lactation. Not much is known about anti-diarrheal medications during lactation, so it is best to use medications sparingly.

Dextromethorphan has been studied in breastfeeding women and is considered safe. (Often found in Alka Seltzer Plus, Tylenol Cough & Cold, Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil and more.) Chlorpheniramine has been approved, but large doses could also lower milk supply.

What medicines can I take while I'm breastfeeding? Medicines that can be taken while breastfeeding include: the painkiller paracetamol – you should check with a GP or your midwife before taking other types of painkillers, such as ibuprofen; most antibiotics; asthma inhalers; vitamins (but only at the recommended dose) You can use some methods of contraception and some cold remedies, but not all.

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