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ASA and NSAIDs

Treating the common cold during pregnancy

Aida Erebara, MD, Pina Bozzo, Adrienne Einarson, RN and Gideon Koren, MD FRCPC

May 2008

ABSTRACT

QUESTION

Many of my pregnant patients inquire as to what medication they can use when they experience symptoms of the common cold, such as cough, congestion, sneezing, and fever. I am hesitant to recommend over-the-counter cold remedies because I have heard conflicting information regarding the safety of these products. What is known about the safety of cold medications during pregnancy?

ANSWER

Although there are many over-the-counter brands of cold medications, most products are quite similar, with some containing up to 5 medicinal ingredients. The evidence-based information for all these ingredients suggests no increased risk with short-term use. However, pregnant women should read labels carefully and, when necessary, consult with pharmacists to ensure they are not taking medicine they do not require.

QUESTION

Plusieurs de mes patientes enceintes me demandent quels m?dicaments prendre lorsqu?elles souffrent de sympt?mes du rhume, comme la toux, la congestion nasale, les ?ternuements et la fi?vre. J?h?site ? leur recommander des m?dicaments en vente libre contre le rhume, parce que j?ai entendu des renseignements contradictoires quant ? leur innocuit?. Que sait-on de la s?curit? des m?dicaments contre le rhume durant la grossesse?

RÉPONSE

M?me si les marques de m?dicaments en vente libre contre le rhume sont nombreuses, la plupart des produits se ressemblent beaucoup et certains contiennent jusqu?? 5 ingr?dients m?dicinaux. Les renseignements fond?s sur des donn?es scientifiques ne font pas valoir de risque accru avec un usage de courte dur?e. Par ailleurs, les femmes enceintes devraient lire attentivement les ?tiquettes et consulter leur pharmacien au besoin pour s?assurer de ne pas prendre de m?dicaments dont elles n?ont pas besoin.

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