What To Take For A Cold

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:( - December 1

I have a horrible cold, and it's starting to move down into my chest - does anyone know what it is safe to take?

 

Ashley - December 1

Sudafed(4hr. not 12 hr) and tylenol are the only safe things to take. That's what my dr. said. Try using vicks vaporub on your chest and sleep with a turtle neck on. That will help. I guess you pretty much have to let it run its course and suffer through. I had to . When I first found out I had a horrible cold. I just kept taking my vitamins and drank lots of o.j. Good luck.

 

Ashley - December 1

I was told I was allowed to take sudafed, robetussin (sp?) and benadryl. I was told not to use vicks on my body. I could put a little under my nose but that was it. Take hot showers and let the steam help you. I have had 3 colds in my 3.5 months of pregnancy! Its misserable, good luck. Also, cough drops are allowed too!!

 

:( - December 1

Thanks so much for the advice ladies!!! I'm planning to run the humidifier while i sleep. Any other non-medicinal advice?? I really am trying to avoid taking anything at all, especially during this first trimester.

 

To:( - December 1

I found this on the internet on ivillage: According to "Maternal-Fetal Toxicology" by Koren, "most of the antihistamine compounds available over-the-counter have not been implicated in fetal or pregnancy problems.A large study of exposure in pregnancy showed that only with diphenhydramine (Benadryl) was there a significant a__sociation with fetal defect. This medication was thought to cause an increased incidence of cleft lip and palate but recent studies have not been able to prove this. "The use of antihistamines in the first trimester does not appear to increase the risk for major birth defects."

 

Me again - December 1

I also found this at parenting.com. Q: I am in my 19th week of pregnancy, and I suffer from allergies. Is there anything that I could take to relieve my symptoms and not hurt my baby? A: After the first trimester, it is safe to treat your allergies with antihistamines, including Benadryl and Chlor-Trimeton. Neither should pose a serious risk to the baby. Because there has been an a__sociation with cleft palate and antihistamine use in the first trimester, it is best to avoid them during the first twelve weeks and treat allergy symptoms with acetaminophen (Tylenol) and mentholated steam for sinus pain. Nasal sprays and eye drops should also be avoided in the first trimester and then only be used with a doctor's permission. Overall, it is important to check with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medication while pregnant.

 

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