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    Cough Drops and Pregnancy
    An_218515 posted:

    I am about 31 weeks pregnant and have a very sore throat. I had used Ricola cough drops back in my first trimester. I was reading recently that these may not be safe for use in pregnancy. Now, of course, I am extremely concerned about the potential side effects from taking them back then. I've had my quad tests and ultrasound and everything has come back normal. I just was curious about anything that could have been passed to the baby. I had no idea that these were not safe to use during pregnancy and would never have taken them if I would have known otherwise. I guess my real question is how can I be sure my baby is ok? And, are Ricola's ok to take during pregnancy?
    Robert O Atlas, MD responded:
    Well, I have tried to look up on line what the 10 or 13 herbs are without success. The problem with taking in herbs in general are they are not regulated and many times physicians don't know what the ingredients are.

    Having said that, there are not too many products that are found to be harmful to the unborn fetus. Plus, if you are not feeling well, we many times will say it is OK to take different medications during pregnancy. Cough drops are one that usually will not cause any specific harm.

    The real question is when did you take the medication? How much did you take, becuase these all have a say if there is any harm to the fetus.

    In Teratology, there are three things you must have in order for the fetus to be harmed.

    1. The drug must be a known teratogen
    2. The dose must be high enough to cause harm
    3. The timing must be correct- that period of organogenesis.

    Accutane is the perfect drug that we know is harmful even at the human dose. It has all three characteristics.

    For you I don't have the exact answer. You should ask your physician to investigate. The real issue is you will find out soon enough when your baby is born. In all likelihood your baby will be just fine.
    shannajwtt replied to Robert O Atlas, MD's response:
    Thank you for the response. I took them back in my first trimester (more towards the end). I probably went through a bag of them while I was ill. This was before I had the quad tests and the gender ultrasound. I haven't had any since then. I am just worried that I may have caused harm to the baby without realizing it. The package did not give any warnings about taking when pregnant so I guess I had assumed that they were ok.
    Kay_And replied to shannajwtt's response:
    I had a bad sinus infection recently and because of sinus drainage had a sore OB reccommended cough drops or throat lozenges.....I asked if any and all types are ok and he said yes. HTH

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