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Doctor insights on: Menthol Cough Drops When Pregnant

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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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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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. ...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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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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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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Is it ok to eat cough drops while pregnant for a cold?

Is it ok to eat cough drops while pregnant for a cold?

Cough drops: Depends on the active ingredients as well as the quantity consumed. Once you know the active ingredients you can re-ask the question here if you like and get a more complete answer ...Read more

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Are cough drops safe during pregnancy?

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. ...Read more

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Are cough drops bad for you when your pregnant or trying to become pregnant?

Are cough drops bad for you when your pregnant or trying to become pregnant?

Cough: Not necessarily but always err on the side of caution. Carefully read the ingredients and be sure none of them are contraindicated in pregnancy. If there is ever a question please consult your obstetrician. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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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27 weeks pregnant, will cough drops hurt my baby?

27 weeks pregnant, will cough drops hurt my baby?

Talk to OB : Take ones with more natural ingredients. Always best to talk to you OB before you take anything. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more