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Can i take medications containing phenylephrine while pregnant?

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Deborah Metzger answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Yes: Phenylephrine is commonly found in over-the-counter cold and allergy medications. It is classified as pregnancy class c-animal studies show adverse fetal effects or there are no adequate studies to determine its safety. It should not be taken during pregnancy.

Answered 5/19/2015


Dr. Bryan Levey answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Catagory C: Category b means generally safe. Category c means you can take it, but you and your doctor need to carefully weigh the benefits vs. The risks. Category d means it shouldn't be used during pregnancy.

Answered 9/28/2016



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