Is Robitussin Dm Safe For Pregnancy

## Is Robitussin DM Safe For Pregnancy?

Robitussin DM contains dextromethorphan, which is an over-the-counter (OTC) cough suppressant active ingredient used to relieve coughs due to minor throat and bronchial irritation. It is also in many cold and cough medications and is also used to relieve coughs associated with the common cold. Dextromethorphan is an FDA-approved medication, but it should always be used cautiously during pregnancy, as there is limited data available on its safety in pregnant women.

### What the Research Says

Studies have shown that there is no definitive evidence of any harm caused to pregnant women who use dextromethorphan, either in the first trimester or for the entire duration of the pregnancy. However, the limited data available suggests that it is best not to take dextromethorphan during the first trimester.



### Potential Side Effects

There are some potential short-term side effects associated with taking dextromethorphan, including:

* Headache
* Nausea
* Dry mouth
* Drowsiness
* Tactile hallucinations (the sensation of feeling touch when no one else is touching you)

It is also worth noting that dextromethorphan can interact with other medications, so it is important to speak with your doctor or pharmacist about potential drug interactions.

### Common Questions

**Can Robitussin DM be taken with other cold and cough medications?**

It is not recommended to take dextromethorphan with other cold or cough medications, as this could increase the risk of side effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if it is safe to take Robitussin DM with other medications.

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**Is Robitussin DM safe to take while breastfeeding?**

Dextromethorphan has not been studied in breastfeeding women, but it is generally considered safe to take while breastfeeding. As with any medication taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding, always speak to your doctor or pharmacist to make sure it is safe to take Robitussin DM.

### Bottom Line

Robitussin DM is an FDA-approved medication and studies have not shown any definite harm to pregnant women who have taken dextromethorphan. However, due to limited data, it is important to speak with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Robitussin DM, or any other medication, during pregnancy. Furthermore, it is important to take this medication as recommended by your doctor or pharmacist and to be aware of potential side effects and other medications that could interact with dextromethorphan.



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