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Can you take Robitussin DM while pregnant?

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Every first time mom should be cautious of what she consumes during pregnancy. And there’s a long list of things she shouldn’t eat and medications she shouldn’t take.

Arming yourself with the best resources and information will ensure you and your baby stay protected throughout your pregnancy.

So, what do you do when you’re pregnant and sick?

There are medications that are doctor approved to treat cough and cold symptoms. Here’s what to know about Robitussin DM.

Sick pregnant woman blows her nose.

Is Robitussin DM safe during pregnancy?


It is safe to take Robitussin DM while pregnant and nursing. Just be sure to ask your doctor first if you are still in your first trimester.

You usually don’t need to make an in-office visit for a question like this. A phone call to the doctor’s office should get you the information you need.

What’s in Robitussin DM?

The main ingredients in Robitussin DM are well-researched and tested.

The active ingredients are “guaifenesin” and “dextromethorphan”. Guaifenesin is used to loosen mucus and dextromethorphan is for suppressing cough.

One important note with medicines containing dextromethorphan and guaifenesin is that they are often combined with alcohol, so be sure to check the label carefully or confirm with a pharmacist or your doctor before consuming.

What are other safe OTC medications?

There are a lot of unpleasant things pregnancy can make you feel, like early pregnancy cramps, pregnancy headaches, and other symptoms which may be magnified during the first trimester.

Here are more OTC medicines you can use throughout your pregnancy to help you cope with the ups and downs, according to Huey & Weprin:

  • Benadryl
  • Robitussin
  • Mucinex
  • Tylenol
  • Cough drops (both menthol and non-menthol)
  • Saline nasal drops

Along with these, you can also use Vick’s VapoRub to help ease your cold and sinus issues.

NOTE: Avoid formulations of these products that are labeled SA (sustained action) or Multi-Symptom.

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