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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Suggest medication for cold and nasal congestion during pregnancy

Hello.I am 5.5 months pregnant and I was wondering what medications can I take for a common cold? My symptoms are severe congestion, runny nose and a slight sore throat.I currently have Dayquil/Nyquil regular strength cold and flu and Alka Seltzer Severe cold and cough night time medicine.Thanks for your help.
Mon, 9 Jan 2017
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Sorry to hear you are suffering from a cold. Common cold is mostly caused by respiratory viruses and may need only symptomatic treatment. Dayquil/Nyquil are drugs that contain:

- a pain reliever and fever reducer (Acetaminophen)

- cough suppressant (Dextromethorphan)

- decongestant (Pseudoephedrine)

- Anti-histamin (doxylamine)

The above drugs are well indicated in your condition and well tolerated in pregnancy. I will suggest you continue with the drugs and try the following home measures:

- Drinking plenty of fluids
- Rest well
- Adjusting your room's temperature and humidity
- Saltwater gargle
- Using saline nasal drops
- Avoid environmental irritants like dust, cold and smoke.

Hope this will help. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Wish you good health!

Dr. Mbuomboh Veranso
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