Safety in Lactation: Cough preparations

Laura Kearney, Regional Principal Medicines Information Pharmacist, Midlands and East Medicines Advice Service (Midlands site) & UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory ServicePublished Last updated See all updates

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.

Codeine phosphate should not be used for cough suppression during breastfeeding.

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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