-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21 (HealthDay News) -- It's prudent to limit the
use of over-the-counter cold and flu medications during pregnancy,
This is because some medications may contain substances that are
potentially harmful to developing fetuses, or that have not been
well-studied for use in pregnant women.
"Every year around this time, we get a significant number of calls from pregnant and breast-feeding women in California who are battling colds and are worried about which meds they can and can't take," said Christina Chambers, professor of pediatrics at University of California, San Diego and program director at the California Teratogen Information Service.
To help expectant mothers who are sick this holiday season,
Chambers offered these cold medicine safety tips:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
medication use during pregnancy.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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