While some medications are considered safe during pregnancy, others are not. If you are suffering from a cold and congestion, you might reach for a bottle of Nyquil like you normally would. Is this safe to do during pregnancy though? Here are some of the things all pregnant women should know about using Nyquil and other over-the-counter medications for colds and congestion during pregnancy.
Is Nyquil Safe During Pregnancy?
Nyquil is not considered to safe to use during pregnancy, according to the Cleveland Clinic. The reason is because this over-the-counter medication contains levels of alcohol, which can cause developmental problems and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. It is important to avoid taking Nyquil at any stage during your pregnancy, from the first to third trimester. Most medical experts do consider Dayquil safe to use, as it does not contain alcohol levels, but it’s best to talk to your doctor to weigh the risks and benefits.
What Cold Medications are Safe During Pregnancy?
When choosing an over-the-counter medication for cold and congestion, keep in mind that you should avoid “multi-symptom” and “sustained action” forms of the drug. Tylenol Cold is generally the most recommended cold medication for women to take during pregnancy. Other safe options include Sudafed, Actifed, Dristan, and Robitussin, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Note that Halls cough drops and saline nasal sprays or drops are also considered safe to use during pregnancy.
Be sure to use caution when using any over-the-counter medications during pregnancy. If you are unsure whether or not a medication is considered safe to use during this time, it is best to consult your doctor. Keep in mind that it is generally recommended to avoid using medications during the first trimester of pregnancy. Prolonged use of any over-the-counter cold medicines should also be avoided. Most doctors will also only recommend you to use cold medications if your congestion is severe and/or interferes with sleep. Consider using home remedies to treat a cold instead, as this is considered a safer alternative to using any medicines during pregnancy.
Overall, it is important to keep in mind that Nyquil is not considered safe to use during pregnancy, at any time or under any circumstances, due to its alcohol levels. If you are planning to use an over-the-counter cold medicine during pregnancy, it is ideal to choose an option from the safe list of medications.
The Cleveland Clinic, “Medication Guidelines During Pregnancy.”