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Is there any cough medicine for women who are still breastfeeding?

Is there any cough medicine for women who are still breastfeeding?

A few ideas for you: You can take a product with dextromethorphan if you need to, but don't ignore simple remedies like a couple teaspoon of honey, throat lozenges. If your cough is quite bad, you have fever or chest pain, or if you have any difficulty breathing, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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My 92 year old mother has a productive cough. Should she take cough medicine? Usually her cough is dry but feels she is coming down with a cold.

My 92 year old mother has a productive cough. Should she take cough medicine? Usually her cough is dry but feels she is coming down with a cold.

Yes: Most pts. May benefit from over the counter anti-cough medicines like guaiphenesín with dextrometorphan unless they have had an indesirable efect before. Codeína is stronger but it will dry the secretions causing mucus plugs interfering with air movement. At her age pneumonias are common and deadly so she must be followed closely ...Read more

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I have bodyaches, weak, no fever or cough & i feel very cold. Could this be the flu? I'm a breastfeeding mother to a 3 month old baby.

I have bodyaches, weak, no fever or cough & i feel very cold. Could this be the flu? I'm a breastfeeding mother to a 3 month old baby.

It is possible: That you may be coming down with the flu especially if you are not getting enough sleep. You will be more prone to catching a cold or any virus. Get plenty of sleep, eat properly and take something to help you feel better. Otherwise you will have to see your pcp. Get the flu shot if you have not had yours yet. ...Read more

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What anti bacterial medicine is best for breastfeeding mothers?

What anti bacterial medicine is best for breastfeeding mothers?

Talk to your MD's: There are several antibiotics that can safely be taken by breastfeeding mothers. There is not one "best" antibiotic. The type of infection being treated will affect the choice of antibiotic. You can always call you baby's pediatrician to verify if a medicine is safe for the baby. ...Read more

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Can a breastfeeding mother take malaria drugs?

Can a breastfeeding mother take malaria drugs?

Depends: Depends on the drug. There are multiple choices, some of which are probably safe and some of which are possibly unsafe. The choice of treatment is dependent in part on where you got the infection. ...Read more

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Is lonart drug good to treat malaria for a breastfeeding mother?

No: There is not enough data to support it's use and it is not recommended during pregnancy or while breast feeding. ...Read more

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What over the counter medicine can she use if she has symptoms of cold, sinus, or flu? She's a breastfeeding mother.

What over the counter medicine can she use if she has symptoms of cold, sinus, or flu? She's a breastfeeding mother.

Cold and BF: Can use simple OTC for cold while BF. ie: Sudogest, Dimetapp. Tylenol q 4 hrs if needed for pain, temp. Just observe while BF. If cold worsens contact an MD internist per Healthtap. ...Read more

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Best cough medicine?

Best cough medicine?

No cough medicine: The best medicine for cough is the medicine that treats the reason you are coughing. If your cough is due to asthma you need to treat asthma. If its due to reflux treat the reflux. If its due to pneumonia, bronchitis or sinusitis then treat the infection. I do not like treating symptoms unless i know the cause. If you have a persistent cough you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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


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