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Are all ricola cough drops safe for preg.

Are all ricola cough drops safe for preg.

Ricola is safe: Ricola, Halls, Cepacol, and Theraflu are common over the counter cold medications safe to use during pregnancy according to most ObGyns. Whenever unsure, it is wise to ask your Obstetrician. ...Read more

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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My son has a bad habit of going through my purse looking for candy, he recently got his hands on ricola cough drops. Should I be worried?

My son has a bad habit of going through my purse looking for candy, he recently got his hands on ricola cough drops. Should I be worried?

Candy and medicine: You didn't mention your son's age. Important to keep your purse out of reach of your son especially if you keep medication in it. Many young children think brightly colored pills are candy- that also includes vitamins. Keep medication out of his reach, lock up if necessary. ...Read more

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Are ricola cough drops safe during pregnancy? If not which are safe to use? Cold starting-sore throat...

Are ricola cough drops safe during pregnancy? If not which are safe to use? Cold starting-sore throat...

Some really safe: Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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I am 11 weeks pregnant with a sore throat can I use Ricola cough drops without hurting the baby?

I am 11 weeks pregnant with a sore throat can I use Ricola cough drops without hurting the baby?

Get checked.: It is important to get checked to be sure that you don't have strep throat. If you do, it must be treated to prevent complications for you and your baby. Call doc or get seen for it. Ricola is fine. ...Read more

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Can toddlers suck a ricola cough drop?

Can toddlers suck a ricola cough drop?

I wouldn't: Since the drop could block their airway and cause severe respiratory distress, I would not offer this product to a toddler. ...Read more

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I had a ricola cough drop I looked online it said certain herbs in the cough drop are dangerous to the baby and can cause the baby to die is this true?

I had a ricola cough drop I looked online it said certain herbs in the cough drop are dangerous to the baby and can cause the baby to die is this true?

Cough drops not safe: Babies and small children should not be given any kind of cough drops or any other cough and cold medicines. They do not help and do more harm and serious problems. ...Read more

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Could it be bad if I swallowed a cough drop on accident?

Could it be bad if I swallowed a cough drop on accident?

No: It will be digested by the acid in your stomach. There is no harm to you. ...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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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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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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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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Why do I sometimes start coughing and then have to take a cough drop when I don't even have a cold? Or anything else, I do have allergies, is it asthma?

Why do I sometimes start coughing and then have to take a cough drop when I don't even have a cold? Or anything else, I do have allergies, is it asthma?

Not necessarily: As not every cough comes from the lungs, inflamed upper airways can cause cough too, more history, good physical exam and probably peak flow measurement / spirometry (sort of lung function testing) will help your diagnosis. See an allergist or return to your allergist for evaluation, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, best wishes ...Read more

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I got choked on my saliva as I was preparing to eat candy. And like it really choked me up good because like that was like a few hours ago and I still have a cough and my chest still hurts. Should I just take a cough drop and sleep it off?

I got choked on my saliva as I was preparing to eat candy. And like it really choked me up good because like that was like a few hours ago and I still have a cough and my chest still hurts. Should I just take a cough drop and sleep it off?

DYSPHAGIA: This may be just a one time occurrence for you. If this becomes a repetitive event, I strongly urge you to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist for a formal hypopharyngeal examination. ...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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Is there any possible harm in going to sleep with a cough drop in your mouth?

Is there any possible harm in going to sleep with a cough drop in your mouth?

Yes...: There is a risk of the cough drop going into your airway which is less protected while you sleep. Your cough reflex is suppressed during sleep so if the cough drop goes "down the wrong way", you could actually block your airway and essentially choke in your sleep. Better to take the cough drop out of your mouth before you fall asleep. ...Read more

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Why would my tongue be numb when I eat or drink? Has happened for a few days. It's a bit numb like I sucked on a cough drop. I don't have allergies

Why would my tongue be numb when I eat or drink? Has happened for a few days. It's a bit numb like I sucked on a cough drop. I don't have allergies

Evaluation needed: This may be a sensitivity to an additive in a food, drink or toothpaste. Even if you have not had any allergies in the past, your immune system can develop allergies at any time. So get this checked out. ...Read more

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I am experiencing itchy throat and a lot of coughing. I ate a cough drop but no results. Please help me?

I am experiencing itchy throat and a lot of coughing. I ate a cough drop but no results. Please help me?

Remedies: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. Lemon juice & 1 tsp. honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. ...Read more

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My throat hurts in the morning and at night. I take a cough drop and the pain goes away. I'm always good for the rest of the day. Why?

My throat hurts in the morning and at night. I take a cough drop and the pain goes away. I'm always good for the rest of the day. Why?

AM throat pain: Could be reflux. Consider raising head of bed (pillow under mattress), try ranitidine and or prevecid, avoid lots of coffee, soda, alcohol, spicy food and smoking. Alternatively could be allergies with post nasal drip, elevating head of bed helps and try zyrtec/ before bedtime ...Read more

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I swallowed a whole cough drop accidentally two hours ago and now it feels like its stuck at top of throat. Drank lots of water and ate.

I swallowed a whole cough drop accidentally two hours ago and now it feels like its stuck at top of throat. Drank lots of water and ate.

Stuck sensation: Swallowing a cough drop should not be an issue. It has smooth edges and unlikely to get stuck, and will dissolve as you make saliva throughout the day. Drink fluids, and you will be alright! ...Read more

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I've had a persistent cough that is associated with some wheezing. When these coughs start they can get to where I feel like I'm going to throw up. If I suck on a cough drop it seems to help. I feel like it's taking control of my life. I don't have insura

I've had a persistent cough that is associated with some wheezing. When these coughs start they can get to where I feel like I'm going to throw up. If I suck on a cough drop it seems to help. I feel like it's taking control of my life. I don't have insura

Chronic cough: The three commonest causes for a chronic cough are asthma, nasal/sinus conditions and gastroesophageal reflux. Thick secretions might be causing the cough to make you feel like you'll vomit. Wheezing sounds like you are in the asthma area. Even without insurance, you can get care. Try calling your county's medical society for guidance to a free clinic or federally-funded community clinic. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my sister has asthma and also whenever I suck on a cough drop, my itchiness in the throat goes away, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my sister has asthma and also whenever I suck on a cough drop, my itchiness in the throat goes away, what do you suggest?

Cough: If you are worried about your asthma, see your doctor. Mention about your cough, sister's asthma ; your worry about asthma in your self. You may want to see a specialist - pulmonologist or an allergist. There are very good ; simple tests to rule out asthma. Most pulmonogists can offer those. Eg. Methacholine challenge test. ...Read more

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Coughed hard w a cough drop in mouth, it slid down throat, felt like I was going to choke. Then kept sliding. Any chance of aspiration or is it ok?

Coughed hard w a cough drop in mouth, it slid down throat, felt like I was going to choke. Then kept sliding. Any chance of aspiration or is it ok?

You should be fine: It doesn't seem like your symptoms worsened after it. Most likely it went down to your stomach rather than lungs. ...Read more

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Hi. I slept with a cough drop in my mouth a couple of nights ago and I have a sore I the middle of my tongue now. Also my lower gums are hurting and t?

Hi. I slept with a cough drop in my mouth a couple of nights ago and I have a sore I the middle of my tongue now. Also my lower gums are hurting and t?

Not good: Not wise to go to bed with anything in your mouth as it could accidentally be aspirated. Cough drops high in sugar which feed the bacteria that cause cavities. Sore on tongue and inflamed gums may be from other oral problems. Pleased see your Dentist for appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Consumed cough drop during exercise. Postexercise swallowing food burns roof of mouth and esophagus as food travels through the areas. What is this?

Consumed cough drop during exercise. Postexercise swallowing food burns roof of mouth and esophagus as food travels through the areas. What is this?

Have LPR maybe?: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime, exercises. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Can try otc acid blocker for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, nexium). Eval if persistent ...Read more

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What are considered the best cough drop/lozenge or any other remedy for coughing and sore throat?

What are considered the best cough drop/lozenge or any other remedy for coughing and sore throat?

Depends on how sever: The over the counter cepacol or halls have a soothing quality, however, cough syrups such as Robitussin (guaifenesin) have a cough suppressant that helps decrease the drive for your cough. In addition if you have a lot of phlegm you may want to use musinex. ...Read more

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Uvula swollen, runny nose, and allergies and I don't have a fever and no sore throat. How would I treat this at home? I have tried cough drop they hel

Uvula swollen, runny nose, and allergies and I don't have a fever and no sore throat. How would I treat this at home? I have tried cough drop they hel

Swollen uvula: This sounds allergic and should be treated with antihistamines to start. Corticosteroids might be required due to swelling. If the swelling worsens or does not remit quickly, I would seek medical attention quickly. This could be a serious sign. ...Read more