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Acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

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Medically reviewed on October 30, 2017

Acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine Pregnancy Warnings

Acetaminophen/dextromethorphan/phenylephrine has not been assigned to a pregnancy category by the FDA.

Acetaminophen has not been formally assigned to pregnancy category by the FDA. It is routinely used for short-term pain relief and fever in all stages of pregnancy. Acetaminophen is believed to be safe in pregnancy when used intermittently for short durations.

Dextromethorphan has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA. A teratogenic effect has been demonstrated in chicken embryos. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy.

Phenylephrine has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA. Animal studies have not been reported. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Acetaminophen/dextromethorphan/phenylephrine is only recommended for use during pregnancy when there are no alternatives and benefit outweighs risk.

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Acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine Breastfeeding Warnings

There are no data on the excretion of acetaminophen/dextromethorphan/phenylephrine into human milk.

Acetaminophen is excreted into human milk in small concentrations. One case of a rash has been reported in a nursing infant. Acetaminophen is considered compatible with breast-feeding by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

There are no data on the excretion of dextromethorphan into human milk.

Small amounts of phenylephrine are secreted in breast milk. The manufacturer recommends that due to the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made to discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

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References for pregnancy information

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References for breastfeeding information

  1. Briggs GG, Freeman RK, Yaffe SJ.. "Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. 5th ed." Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins (1998):
  2. "Product Information. Benylin DM (dextromethorphan)." Warner Lambert Laboratories, Morris Plains, NJ.
  3. Committee on Drugs, 1992 to 1993 "The transfer of drugs and other chemicals into human milk." Pediatrics 93 (1994): 137-50
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  5. Roberts RJ, Blumer JL, Gorman RL, et al "American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs: Transfer of drugs and other chemicals into human milk." Pediatrics 84 (1989): 924-36
  6. "Product Information. Lusonal (phenylephrine)." Wraser Pharmaceuticals, Ridgeland, MS.
  7. Findlay JW, DeAngelis RL, Kearney MF, et al "Analgesic drugs in breast milk and plasma." Clin Pharmacol Ther 29 (1981): 625-33
  8. Notarianni LJ, Oldham HG, Bennett PN "Passage of paracetamol into breast milk and its subsequent metabolism by the neonate." Br J Clin Pharmacol 24 (1987): 63-7

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