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Doctor insights on: Is It Safe To Take Menthol Cough Drops When Pregnant

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Packaging of 9.1mg Menthol cough drops says I can take 1 drop every 2 hours. Is this the maximum amount I can safely have?

Packaging of 9.1mg Menthol cough drops says I can take 1 drop every 2 hours. Is this the maximum amount I can safely have?

A Drop In The Bucket: Maybe they're worried about too much sugar, unless they are sugarless. In that case, maybe worried about too much Eucalyptus (menthol)--tell that to the Indian chief in his sweat lodge! So, I really don't see a problem unless you're chewing them down by the dozens, which will defeat their rather meager purpose. All-in-all I'd say you could take a few more than that as long as you don't mind your breath

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Can menthol cough drops lower iron and RBCs.

Can menthol cough drops lower iron and RBCs.

No: If you are anemic, you need to be examined for blood loss in the intestine. Please consult your doctor.

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Is it ok to suck on menthol cough drops while pregnant?

Is it ok to suck on menthol cough drops while pregnant?

Otherwise: Otherwise there would be a warning sign. And menthol has been around for many years. Therefore there should be no problem.

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Tiny clear blisters on the inside of both cheeks in the area where I'd hold a cough drop. Been using Halls menthol cough drops. Could this be why?

Tiny clear blisters on the inside of both cheeks in the area where I'd hold a cough drop. Been using Halls menthol cough drops. Could this be why?

No: Most likely, this is another reason for this blisters. You can use camomile tea for gargling mouth many times per day for 2-3 days. If no better go to the doctor.

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I'm currently 10 weeks pregnant, is it safe to take cough drops? I have a really bad cough that has been keeping me up at night.

I'm currently 10 weeks pregnant, is it safe to take cough drops? I have a really bad cough that has been keeping me up at night.

Meds in pregnancy: It depends on what the cough drops contain. Typical OTC cough drops may contain a mild local anesthetic along with the candy-like drop. This is probably okay in small doses. Please consult your OB for more recommendations and to make sure the cough is not asthma or other new condition.

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I am eleven weeks pregnant and I am thinking of taking soothers eucalyptus and menthol for my cough and itchy throat. Is it safe to take it?? Ta

I am eleven weeks pregnant and I am thinking of taking soothers eucalyptus and menthol for my cough and itchy throat. Is it safe to take it?? Ta

No: At 11 weeks of pregnancy especially, it would not be safe to to take these cough drops. Try a natural honey and lemon preparation instead. The first trimester is a very sensitive time during pregnancy.

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Are menthol lozenges safe during pregnancy?

Are menthol lozenges safe during pregnancy?

Should be fine: A few cough drops or menthol lozenges each day for a few days should not be any problem.

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Can pregnant women take cough drops?

Can pregnant women take cough drops?

Yes: Most cough drops are just candy. Check the label to see if there is actually any medication, and if so check with your doctor.

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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.

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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.

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Are cough drops safe during pregnancy?

Mgt: A major brand over the counter should be fine. The cause of your cough though can be assessed by your physician.

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I'm 32weeks pregnant and fighting a cold for three days already can I take cough drops?

I'm 32weeks pregnant and fighting a cold for three days already can I take cough drops?

Yes: Cough drops are fine to take. You also want to make sure that you stay hydrated with plenty of fluids, soups and tea.

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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.

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I am 24 w eeks pregnant I am getting a terrible cold what can I take... Am I allowed to take cold ease or alka seltzer or cough drops or anything!?!?!

I am 24 w eeks pregnant I am getting a terrible cold what can I take... Am I allowed to take cold ease or alka seltzer or cough drops or anything!?!?!

Yes: There are quite a few things you can take. Of course, drinking lots of water is more important and right after that, getting a lot of rest. You can take plain sudafed after 1st trimester, plain robitussin, tylenol, (acetaminophen) cough drops are okay. Benedryl and guanfenisin are also okay. Good luck!

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I'm 34wks pregnant. Is it ok to take halls cough drops? It's been about two weeks and I've been taking Zantac (ranitidine) for a week so it's not r/t my heartburn.

I'm 34wks pregnant. Is it ok to take halls cough drops? It's been about two weeks and I've been taking Zantac (ranitidine) for a week so it's not r/t my heartburn.

IMHO, Yes: Halls cough drops should be perfectly safe in pregnancy, unless you had some unusual sensitivity to one of the ingredients. If you took them before you were pregnant, they should be fine now.

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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