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Dextromethorphan Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Dextromethorphan is also known as: Babee Cof, Balminil DM, Benylin DM, Bisolvon Dry, Calmylin, Cough Syrup DM, Covonia Bronchial Balsam, Creomulsion, Delsym, Delsym 12 Hour Cough Relief, Delsym 12 Hour Cough Relief for Children & Adults, DexAlone, Dextromethorphan HBr Adult Formula, Dry Cough, Novahistine DM, Pertussin DM, Pertussin ES, Robafen Cough Liquidgels, Robitussin CoughGels Long-Acting, Silphen DM, Strepsils Cough, Strepsils Cough Relief, Sucrets Cough, Vicks Formula 44, Vicks Formula 44 Custom Care Dry Cough Suppressant

Dextromethorphan Pregnancy Warnings

Anti-tussive use during pregnancy has not been reported to increase the risk of teratogenic effects. However, there are no controlled data in human pregnancy. AU TGA pregnancy category A: Drugs which have been taken by a large number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age without any proven increase in the frequency of malformations or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the fetus having been observed.

Benefit should outweigh risk AU TGA pregnancy category: A

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Dextromethorphan Breastfeeding Warnings

Benefit should outweigh risk Excreted into human milk: Unknown Excreted into animal milk: Data not available Comments: -Excretion of this drug into breast milk has not been studied, however, usual doses are unlikely to cause harm to a nursing infant, especially infants older than 2 months. -As many cough syrups contain alcohol, be sure to check labels and avoid alcohol containing products.

Based on the low molecular weight of dextromethorphan some passage into breast milk probably occurs. However, maternal use of dextromethorphan products that do not contain alcohol are probably safe to use during breast-feeding.

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References for pregnancy information

  1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  2. "Product Information. Benylin DM (dextromethorphan)." Warner Lambert Laboratories, Morris Plains, NJ.
  3. Briggs GG, Freeman RK, Yaffe SJ.. "Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. 5th ed." Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins (1998):
  4. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

References for breastfeeding information

  1. Briggs GG, Freeman RK, Yaffe SJ.. "Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. 5th ed." Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins (1998):
  2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  3. "Product Information. Benylin DM (dextromethorphan)." Warner Lambert Laboratories, Morris Plains, NJ.
  4. United States National Library of Medicine "Toxnet. Toxicology Data Network. Available from: URL: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT." ([cited 2013 -]):

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