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Dr. Ashwin Patel
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I had a ricola cough drop i looked online it said certain herbs in the cough drop are dangerous to the baby and can cause the baby to die is this true?

I had a ricola cough drop i looked online it said certain herbs in the cough drop are dangerous to the baby and can cause the baby to die is this true?

Cough drops not safe: Babies and small children should not be given any kind of cough drops or any other cough and cold medicines. They do not help and do more harm and serious problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Cough drop expired 10/13 is it still ok?

Cough drop expired 10/13 is it still ok?

Probably: Expiration dates usually fall short of loss of effectiveness dates. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. James Ferguson
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Can toddlers suck a ricola cough drop?

I wouldn't: Since the drop could block their airway and cause severe respiratory distress, i would not offer this product to a toddler. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Bezack
Board Certified, Pediatric Pulmonology
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Could it be bad if i swallowed a cough drop on accident?

No: It will be digested by the acid in your stomach. There is no harm to you. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Ramin Ipakchi
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Dr. Michael Dansie
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I'm pregnant can I take a cough drop for my cold?

I'm pregnant can I take a cough drop for my cold?

Depends: There are some medications that you shouldn't take, like decongestants, if you are pregnant. A good cough medicine is plain old honey. It will coat the throat, is safe to use often, and tastes better. ...Read more

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Dr. Louise Andrew
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I took a ricola dual action cough drop I looked it up and it says they are not safe during pregnancy is this true ? I'm pregnant I had one please help

I took a ricola dual action cough drop I looked it up and it says they are not safe during pregnancy is this true ? I'm pregnant I had one please help

Don't worry: One cough drop is not going to hurt your baby. However, give them away to someone who is not pregnant and try some hot honey and lemonade tea instead for these months. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Southard
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Ricola cough drop contains herb mixture elder horehound hyssop etc I had one is this going to hurt my baby? Is it ok to take these while pregnant ?

Ricola cough drop contains herb mixture elder horehound hyssop etc I had one is this going to hurt my baby? Is it ok to take these while pregnant ?

Most consider fine: There is some evidence that Elder, Hyssop and Horehound ingestion could be of concern during pregnancy but to be honest, many OB's recommend Ricola drops, due to the marginal amounts of the aforementioned herbs in the drops. If you are concerned why not reach out to your OB. ...Read more

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