Pregnancy: Is robitussin safe during pregnancy?

I am almost five months pregnant and have a bad cold. I would like to take Robitussin, but I'm concerned it may hurt my baby. Is it considered to be safe to take during pregnancy?


Peg Plumbo CNM

Peg Plumbo has been a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) since 1976. She has assisted at over 1,000 births and currently teaches in the... Read more

Guaifenesin (Robitussin) is a Class B drug, which means that there appears to be no genetic or pregnancy risk associated with its use.

In pregnancy, care providers tend to recommend one-ingredient medications, whenever possible, rather than combinations. So, we always prefer for clients to use Robitussin plain, rather than the DM, which adds ingredients for other symptoms. However, there has been no problems linked to the DM variety either.

Always try the "home remedies" first, such as rest, humidity or steam, chicken soup, saline gargles and nose drops. If these don't help, then talk to your care provider about using an over the counter remedy.

Hope you're feeling better!

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