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Which cough medicines are safe in pregnancy??

(7 Posts)
babyignoramus Sat 30-Aug-08 15:20:18

Have been stuffed up for a few days and now have a real bone-shaker of a cough. Does anyone know which cough medicines can be taken during pregnancy? I'm assuming simple linctus will prob be fine.

fledtoscotland Sat 30-Aug-08 19:15:26

i didnt think any of the over-the-counter ones were safe if they contain decongestant. When i had a cold when pregnant with ds i inhaled menthyl crystals (only use one crystal in a bowl of hot water as they are strong).

if you have a cough, i would either take glycerine or see your doctor.

hope you feel better soon

babylove123 Sat 30-Aug-08 21:00:54


i had a hurrendous cold and chest infection early on in my pregnancy and my pharmacist said i could have glycerine honey and lemon but that was it. Worked tho!

bikerunski Sat 30-Aug-08 22:28:54

Boots Glycerine, Honey and Lemon. They do a blackcurrant one too. It says it is OK in pg on the bottle. Not as effective as the more chemically decongestant ones, but does help.

SesHasapinkline Sat 30-Aug-08 22:35:14

I agree - the glycerine based ones are ok. If it's an irritating tickly cough you can also use fruit gums!

Scotia Sat 30-Aug-08 22:48:31

I've had a terrble cough too and thought I was going to cough this baby out! I got a Glycerine & Lemon cough mixture from Sainsburys - doesn't really do anything but coat your throat a bit. The thing that helped me most was Fisherman's Friends (recommended by my GP). They taste absolutely disgusting, but they stopped me coughing.

BlueJellie Sun 31-Aug-08 00:31:47

I had a virus in early pregnancy which affected my chest and throat and the doctor prescribed codeine linctus but only one spoon before bed allowed so was pretty pointless. I just sucked on honey & lemon lozenges to keep my throat getting too dry

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