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I am so sick and the pain from my body, head, throat, ears, mouth, sinus pressure, etc.. is driving me up the wall. It's been a few days now and I have taken a little homeopathic arnica here and there, which actually does help a bit with my throat / ears / mouth.<br><br>
But what I would give to take a little bit of ibuprofen for at least a break in this. I have already been struggling with severe nausea / vomiting from so-called "morning" sickness, and it has all gotten so much worse since getting this infection.<br><br>
I know in part it is the snot / flem making me gag / vomit more, but also if I let myself cough (which is really hard not to do) it almost always inevitably leads to throwing up. My throat has been damaged in the past from long-term constant vomiting for a year and a half or so when I was sick, and I think my gag reflex thingy has never really recovered.<br><br>
I'm feeling so terrible, losing weight, and am just terribly depressed about the entire thing. Would it really be such a bad thing to take some ibuprofen to get a breather from the pain / increased vomiting?<br><br>
From what I have been able to find, from information that has citations and linked references there has been a fair amount of research on the subject, with the only evidence of problems being in the third trimester. Everything that says "no" that I have found does not give any information about it, and is generally followed be an, "ALWAYS ASK YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE YOU TAKE ANYTHING OMG!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Which.. I don't hold much truck with. Also, I should add that Tylenol has never done anything for me, ever, or I would take that.<br><br>
So.. I'm really feeling like I am being over-paranoid and it would really be okay to take a dose once and hopefully get some sleep, but at the same time, all the omg nos are kind of freaking me out. Experience? Thoughts? Infos? Thank you!
 

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Woops, I forgot to add the bit about cough drops. Is it okay to use them during pregnancy? I don't know if I didn't get sick last pregnancy or what, but these questions never came up. Maybe it's just that I was so dead-set against taking anything.<br><br>
What I have are these <a href="http://www.organix-health.com/" target="_blank">Organix</a> chocolate mint cough drops, and am a little bit embarrassed / ashamed to admit that I have been taking them and didn't even think twice about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br><br>
Anyway, is there a general rule on cough drops?
 

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I don't know about those specific cough drops, but I've always taken cough drops during pregnancy (usually just plain Halls) and never had a problem. I tend to stay away from ibuprofen altogether and just use Tylenol for any aches and pains because I know it is safe throughout pregnancy.<br><br>
Hope you feel better soon!
 

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If you can, take tylenol instead. Ibuprofin has never been proven to be safe, but tylenol has and it should help some.<br>
Cough drops should be fine... there are some herbs that aren't safe(ginseng, cherry bark... and a lot that i don't know lol) so just read the ingredients and check any that you don't know.<br>
Gargle salt water! Drink lots of hot drinks, if you can. Get well soon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Ugh, feel better.<br><br>
I agree with the others that the healthcare professionals really would not recommend ibuprofen, but Tylenol is OK (acetaminophen).<br><br>
I would guess cough drops are OK, but could you call your practitioner to make sure?
 

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My midwife told me when I was pregnant that the reason they do not recommend ibuprofen is because late in pregnancy (last trimester) it can interfere with the baby's heart development (something about the valves I think), but to make it simpler, instead of saying don't take it in last trimester (because they are afraid people will get mixed up), they just say don't take it all. So really, if you are in your first trimester, you should be ok, but you might want to verify with your caregivers and specifically ask them about the above info. Hope you feel better soon!
 

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Thanks guys, I really would take Tylenol if it helped me. It just never has, ever, not even a little bit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> I have no idea why, but I have met others that it also does nothing for, so I figure it just doesn't sync with my body right <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
I have been drinking insane amount of hot tea and neti potting out the wazoo (well, out the nose..) Normally I also gargle salt water, but to my surprise (or maybe it shouldn't have been, considering) it is now making me gag uncontrollably and throw up if I'm not careful, so I am done with that.<br><br>
I'll double check my cough drops, I had picked these up because they have so much <i>less</i> in them, but I suppose that doesn't matter if one of the fewer ingredients is something I shouldn't have <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I think I'll just keep trying to stick it out and hope I get better as soon as possible. I literally got <i>no</i> sleep last night, though, which doesn't really help with the getting well. :yawning <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/sneeze.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sneeze"> :puke<br><br>
I was really hoping I could justify taking something tonight and daydreaming about getting some rest...
 

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Luke's mama - I x-posted my last post with you. That is what I had been finding and why I was thinking I may actually take some. I guess I will, in fact, call my MW. I even talked to her earlier today to set up my first appointment. I have no idea why I didn't ask her these things, I must be out of my mind. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I feel a little bit weird calling just because my first appointment isn't even until early January (I am 7 weeks right now) but she always says to call her if something comes up or I have any questions.<br><br>
Thank you all again for your responses, I will update after I have spoken with her just so anyone interested can find out the answer I got.
 

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I didn't see this here but I do know that ibuprofen in very early pregnancy (including around O and implantation) can significantly raise the risk of m/c. I'm not sure when that increased risk ends.
 

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I think most healthcare workers are really cautious about Ibuprofen, so I would stay away from it. That said, I didn't think I was pregnant, so I took all kinds of things before I knew I was pregnant, thinking I had menstrual cramps, and my baby seems fine.<br>
But maybe your doctor or midwife can prescribe a tylenol with codeine or something else that is appropriate for pregnancy? There are categories for safety and your OB or midwife's office should be able to look up what would be best for you in this situation, even via a phone call. I've been told that even Vicodin is okay in a pregnancy emergency... but Ibuprofen has a different set of risks specific to pregnancy.
 

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Yeah, ibuprofen is a risk in the first trimester, as well. It's classed as pregnancy category D in the 1st and 3rd trimesters, and category B in the 2nd trimester, according to the AAFP.
 
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