Treating the common cold during pregnancy

Aida Erebara, Pina Bozzo, Adrienne Einarson, Gideon Koren

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QUESTION: Many of my pregnant patients inquire as to what medication they can use when they experience symptoms of the common cold, such as cough, congestion, sneezing, and fever. I am hesitant to recommend over-the-counter cold remedies because I have heard conflicting information regarding the safety of these products. What is known about the safety of cold medications during pregnancy? ANSWER: Although there are many over-the-counter brands of cold medications, most products are quite similar, with some containing up to 5 medicinal ingredients. The evidence-based information for all these ingredients suggests no increased risk with short-term use. However, pregnant women should read labels carefully and, when necessary, consult with pharmacists to ensure they are not taking medicine they do not require.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687-689
Number of pages3
JournalCanadian Family Physician
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2008


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