Safety in Lactation: Cough preparations

Additional information relating to breastfeeding

To be used in conjunction with individual drug entries for specific information and guidance

Treatment of cough should only be undertaken if it is persistent and no underlying cause has been identified.

Cough suppressants (antitussives) should be used for no more than 5 days.

Pholcodine and dextromethrophan preparations are preferred to codeine phosphate for cough suppression.

Simple Linctus or OTC demulcents containing glycerol or honey are acceptable soothing substances.

Antihistamine and alcohol-containing products, and compound preparations should be avoided.

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