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Cold medicines okay during pregnancy?
by Donna Harvel Balo ARNP, CNM, MS

Donna BaloQ. I have a pretty bad cold (sinus stuffiness, runny nose, cough, etc.) and I'm 18 weeks pregnant. What would you suggest for medicine to get some relief?

A. Of course you are resting and drinking extra fluids (64-80 oz of water or juice). Remember none of these things is a cure, just gives some relief (which is what you asked for).

And you will also check with your provider (you know I have to say that!) Commonly considered OK in moderation:

  • Tylenol
  • Saline nasal spray or drops
  • Afrin regular nasal spray
  • Tavist D
  • Sudafed

Remember a local pharmacist is also a good resource!

Hope you are feeling better soon!

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