Many Robitussin products on the market contain either one or both of the active ingredients dextromethorphan and guaifenesin. These ingredients treat symptoms related to cough and cold. Guaifenesin is an expectorant.
By Vanessa Milne Jan 18, Photo: iStockphoto. Medications Breastfeeding and medications: What's safe Before you reach for anything, the first step is to figure out if you have a cold or the flu.
The common cold will usually run its course within 7 to 14 days. There are many natural remedies and over the counter products that are compatible with breastfeeding. Many of the active ingredients in cold and allergy medications are listed below.
If you're breastfeeding and come down with a cold, don't start popping pills just yet. Most cold medicines are considered safe to take while breastfeeding, but since they do enter your milk in small quantities, follow these smart steps to make sure the remedies you take are also safe for baby. Check the active ingredients in over-the-counter cold remedies to help determine the safety level for baby, and avoid meds with a high alcohol content like NyQuil. If your doctor is prescribing a medication, always remember to mention that you're breastfeeding.
While breastfeeding you may need to take medication for a few days to treat an acute illness, or on an ongoing basis to treat a chronic illness. Breastfeeding offers you and your baby many benefits. Unfortunately, mothers are often discouraged from taking medication when breastfeeding as they are concerned that the medication will transfer through their breast milk and harm their baby.
These are called over-the-counter OTC drugs. Many concerned mothers wonder about the safety of these medications while they are breastfeeding a baby. While there are many brands and varieties of drugs on the market, there is a relatively small list of active ingredients in all those products.
Experts weigh in on drugs that are safe to take while you're breastfeeding. Needing medication is one of the most common reasons women stop breastfeeding before they planned to. But research shows that's probably unnecessary.
We respect your privacy. After many long months of pregnancy, your body is yours again — you can drink wine, eat sushi, and treat your aches, pains, and illnesses with a wider variety of medication. But if you're breastfeeding, that's not necessarily the case.