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Is prospan ivy leaf extract cough syrup safe in pregnancy?

Is prospan ivy leaf extract cough syrup safe in pregnancy?

We simply don't know: While I am inclined to say it is probably ok, we do not have enough information and no formal studies to say one way or another. Demonstrating safety or hazard is much more difficult than you may realize. That is why we always err on the side of caution during pregnancy and take things only when clearly indicated and of proven benefit.

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I gave my 18months baby a cough syrup prospan (dried ivy leaf extract for 3 days &found out that I should have shaked the bottle. Did I harm my baby?

I gave my 18months baby a cough syrup prospan (dried ivy leaf extract for 3 days &found out that I should have shaked the bottle. Did I harm my baby?

Cough syrups: No cough medication has been safely approved for children at that age. At this time the american academy of pediatrics recommends honey in children over a year old for cough relief. I am not familiar with ivy leaf extract so I can't give you a final answer on it but definitely can advise you not to use any meds that have not been recommended by your pediatritian. If it was px call prescriber x advise.

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I am 31 weeks pregnant. I took a cough syrup that contains ivy leaf. Since I took it the top of my stomach has been cramping 6 hours now. Is this ok?

I am 31 weeks pregnant. I took a cough syrup that contains ivy leaf. Since I took it the top of my stomach has been cramping 6 hours now. Is this ok?

Unsure: While this could be a form of GI upset, you can't make that assumption. Please call the doctor or midwife who is delivering you and alert them of the pain now. Based on your description, I can't rule out preterm labor or contractions. By the way most cough drops and plain Robitussin (guaifenesin) area probably the safest for a cough during pregnancy.

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I want to know how can I extract codeine from cough syrup by solvent extraction technique?

I want to know how can I extract codeine from cough syrup by solvent extraction technique?

I appreciate your: Honesty. I once saw a video of two men who died after they smoked poison ivy. Their lungs filled up with fluid, their throat closed & died painfully in a few minutes. I can't imagine the road you are on will end in anything different. Shame. Honesty is a great virtue. It's time to be honest with yourself. You need help.

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Its 4 days since my wisdom tooth removed and im having a cough. Is it ok to drink cough syrup together with amoxicillin antibiotic?

Its 4 days since my wisdom tooth removed and im having a cough. Is it ok to drink cough syrup together with amoxicillin antibiotic?

Depends on: Depends on active ingredient in the cough syrup you are taking. To be totally certain, talk to a pharmacist and inform them the exact cough syrup so they may determine if contraindicated.

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What cough syrup is best to use?

What cough syrup is best to use?

None.: Honey is a better cough medicine than any packaged cough medicine.

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Can this cough syrup get me high?

Can this cough syrup get me high?

Maybe: Some cough syrups contain Codeine which is a type of narcotic. These are by prescription only and should be used only under the direction of your physician for short periods of time due to the risk of dependenc. The over the counter cough syrups will not result in mood changes--up or down.

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Pleas tell me a best cough syrup?

Guaifesin: Guaifesin based cough medicines are good, but in reality they are about the same.

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What's a good natural cough syrup ingredient?

What's a good natural cough syrup ingredient?

Natural cough syrup: Honey and herb tea. Do not give babies under one year of age honey. After one year of age honey is a natural ingredient.

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How can I tolerate the taste of cough syrup?

How can I tolerate the taste of cough syrup?

Flavorings: Good question! Some medications can taste awful. Many pharmacies have flavorings that they can add to liquid medication to disguise the taste. Another option is to chew cinnamon gum after taking the medication.

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What will happen if you overdose on cough syrup?

What will happen if you overdose on cough syrup?

Cough syrup overmed: Cough syrup overdose symptoms depend on the type of drug that is in the cough syrup. Codeine can cause respiratory depression in high doses. Guaifenesin will cause stomach aches and headaches in higher doses. Pseudoephedrine can cause increased blood pressure in normal doses and even more so in higher doses. Hope this helps. Try to stay in the recommended doses or the prescribed doses.

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Is it ok to give my children ages 3 & 4 cough syrup?

Is it ok to give my children ages 3 & 4 cough syrup?

Probably won't help: The studies done on how much kids cough who take cough meds vs those who don't very clearly show that cough meds really don't make much difference. Many actually contain a med to suppress cough and a med to make you have a more productive cough within the same medicine! Better to use humidity, push fluids. Can use something to dry up nose a little if severe congestion or use a neti pot.

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What to do if I took too much cough syrup. Help please.?

What to do if I took too much cough syrup. Help please.?

Call poison control: Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Tell them exactly which cough syrup you took and the exact amount. They will guide you from there.

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What to do if I had too much cough syrup I think, help!?

What to do if I had too much cough syrup I think, help!?

Cough syrup: Hard to advise you from your description. Best to call your doctor or go to the ER if its a large amount.

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What to do if I had cough syrup and 1000 mg aceminophen.?

What to do if I had cough syrup and 1000 mg aceminophen.?

Depends: Should be ok, depends what was in the cough syrup. Your pharmacist can be great help in these situations

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Can I take nyquill with cough syrup?

Can I take nyquill with cough syrup?

Not a good idea: There are several versions of nyquil and most if not all of them contain cough medicine. Taking another cough syrup would probably give you too much dextromethorophan.

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Is cough syrup safe for a 6 year old?

Is cough syrup safe for a 6 year old?

Cough: Maybe so, maybe not. Depends on the child, why he/she is coughing and the cough syrup. There are many illnesses that cause cough. Best to see your doctor about any significant cough so that the cause is found and proper medicine can be given. For minor coughs honey in hot herb tea is soothing for children over 1 year of age.

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What amount cough syrup can kill you?

What amount cough syrup can kill you?

Don't test it: Cough syrup is not a health drink or a way to get intoxicated. Do not test the limit of how much to drink.

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Plz mention a cough syrup for wet cough?

Plz mention a cough syrup for wet cough?

Cough: Is necessary attempt by the body to clear undesirable irritants. I do rarely recommend cough suppressants. I recommend expectorates. Many are available over the counter in any pharmacy in the US

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