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I just took Robitussin for my cough.....is that okay while I'm BFing??

post #1 of 7
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I hope I didnt just mess up.....I took Robitussin because I have a really bad cough. If I remember correctly, my doctor told me I could take it while pregnant, so that means I can take it while nursing, right? It was just one dose. Is this okay?
post #2 of 7
I'm 95% sure that's ok. I can't remember what the active ingredient is, but you might want to look it up at this site :

http://neonatal.ttuhsc.edu/lact/html...ns_forums.html

If the data you need isn't there, try :

http://www.safefetus.com

HTH!
post #3 of 7
I found it on kellymom and you're ok! Here's a copy and paste of the info :

Name of medication AAP approved?* Lactation Risk Category**
Codeine yes L3 (moderately safe)
Dextromethorphan not reviewed L1 (safest)
Guaifenesin not reviewed L2 (safer)

Robitussin is either the 2nd or 3rd medicine listed here, can't remember which. I think the 2nd. Anyway, it's fine.

Here's the link :

http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/cold-remedy.html
post #4 of 7
I went to the doctor recently for a cold and was told that Robitussin is OK for nursing (I specifically asked).
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by KristiMetz
I found it on kellymom and you're ok! Here's a copy and paste of the info :

Name of medication AAP approved?* Lactation Risk Category**
Codeine yes L3 (moderately safe)
Dextromethorphan not reviewed L1 (safest)
Guaifenesin not reviewed L2 (safer)

Robitussin is either the 2nd or 3rd medicine listed here, can't remember which. I think the 2nd. Anyway, it's fine.

Here's the link :

http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/cold-remedy.html

Robitussin is Dextromethorphan and sometimes has Guaifenesin too. I was told they were both safe to take while pregnant and/or bfing. HTH
post #6 of 7
I think it's the other way around, it is guiafenesin but sometimes contains dextromethorphan. Guiafenesin is just an expectorant - it thins your mucous so you can cough it up easier. It is definitely safe while pregnant and shouldn't give you any problems while nursing.

I don't know as much about dextromethorphan though. What kind of Robitussin did you take?
post #7 of 7
The plain robitussin has both in it. The extra strength DM just has dextromorphan (sp?). Anyway, I took it while pg and bfing. I was told it was okay by 2 different drs. I usually wouldn't take it every 6 hours (or whatever they say). I would only take it right before bed and maybe once in the middle of the night so I could sleep. I would just suck it up during the day.
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