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Ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine is also known as: Advil Children's Cold, Advil Cold and Sinus, Advil Cold and Sinus Liqui-Gels, Dristan Sinus, Motrin Childrens Cold, Motrin Cold and Flu, Motrin IB Sinus, Motrin Sinus Headache, Sine-Aid IB

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Mar 27, 2020.

Ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine Pregnancy Warnings

Safety has not been established during pregnancy; use should be avoided during the third trimester of pregnancy.

AU TGA pregnancy category: C
US FDA pregnancy category: Not assigned

-Use during the last trimester may affect the fetus or cause delivery complications.
-Pseudoephedrine use during the first trimester may be associated with gastroschisis and small intestinal atresia (SIA); data is limited and unconfirmed, risk appears to be low (only identifiable by case-control studies), and may only occur in combination products, but avoidance during the first trimester is nonetheless recommended.
-Prostaglandin synthesis inhibitors like ibuprofen may cause persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn when given during the third trimester close to delivery.

Animal studies have not been performed with the combination product. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy.

Ibuprofen: Prostaglandin synthesis inhibitors may cause constriction of the ductus arteriosus in utero, and use may cause persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn when given during the third trimester close to delivery. They are known to inhibit labor and prolong pregnancy in humans. Animal models indicate these drugs block blastocyte implantation - do not use ibuprofen in patients trying to conceive. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are associated with a small risk of spontaneous abortion, cardiac defects, oral clefts, and gastroschisis.

Pseudoephedrine: A monitoring study of 50, 282 mother/child pairs (3082 first trimester sympathomimetic drug exposures, 9719 any time pregnancy exposures) suggested a link to categories of minor malformations (non-life-threatening, no major cosmetic defects) including inguinal hernia and clubfoot. Pseudoephedrine may be associated with gastroschisis, but this may also be caused by maternal health factors. First trimester oral decongestant exposure or maternal smoking may increase the risk of gastroschisis, small intestinal atresia (SIA), and hemifacial microsomia.

AU TGA pregnancy category C: Drugs which, owing to their pharmacological effects, have caused or may be suspected of causing, harmful effects on the human fetus or neonate without causing malformations. These effects may be reversible. Accompanying texts should be consulted for further details.

US FDA pregnancy category Not Assigned: The US FDA has amended the pregnancy labeling rule for prescription drug products to require labeling that includes a summary of risk, a discussion of the data supporting that summary, and relevant information to help health care providers make prescribing decisions and counsel women about the use of drugs during pregnancy. Pregnancy categories A, B, C, D, and X are being phased out.

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Ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine Breastfeeding Warnings

Use should be avoided.

Excreted into human milk: Yes (ibuprofen and pseudoephedrine)

-The small amounts of pseudoephedrine (about 4.3 to 5.5% of maternal dose) may cause occasional irritability.
-A single pseudoephedrine dose acutely decreases milk production (average 24%); repeated use interferes with lactation.
-Do not use pseudoephedrine in patients with insufficient milk production or in those just establishing lactation.
-Ibuprofen has very low breastmilk levels, a short half-life, and is used at higher doses in infants, making it a preferred analgesic and anti-inflammatory for nursing.

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References for pregnancy information

  1. TGA. Therapeutic Goods Administration. Australian Drug Evaluation Committee "Prescribing medicines in pregnancy: an Australian categorisation of risk of drug use in pregnancy. Available from: URL:" ([1999]):
  2. Briggs GG, Freeman RK. "Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. 10th ed." Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health (2015):
  3. "Product Information. Advil Cold and Sinus Liqui-Gel (ibuprofen-pseudoephedrine)." Wyeth Consumer Healthcare, Madison, NJ.

References for breastfeeding information

  1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

Further information

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