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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. ...Read more

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If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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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Does inhaling menthol vapors or sucking a cough drop really open up breathing passages, or just feel cold and is perceived as opening things up?

Does inhaling menthol vapors or sucking a cough drop really open up breathing passages, or just feel cold and is perceived as opening things up?

Some menthol DOES: Open up nasal passageways; however, it doesn't last very long...Sometimes it's better to use straight saline nasal spray or spray gel, because in the winter, nasal membranes will swell when they are dry. The saline penetrates the swollen membranes and causes them to shrink, secondary option might be a nasal steroid. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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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