Common Cold and Upper Respiratory Infections

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Common symptoms include nasal and sinus congestion and/or drainage, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and low-grade fever.

  • Viruses, not bacteria, cause the vast majority of infections; therefore, antibiotics will not be effective.
  • Over the counter medications that may be safely used during your pregnancy:*
A. Nonproductive cough A. All cough syrups and drops; Dextromethorphan/Robitussin
B. Productive cough B. Guaifenesin/Mucinex®
C. Sinus congestion C. Pseudoephedrine/Sudafed, menthol/Vicks®, nasal strips Breathe Right®
D. Sinus drainage D. Diphenhydramine/Benadryl®
E. Headache E. Acetaminophen/Tylenol
F. Sore throat F. Any throat lozenges

 If you have high blood pressure, please DO NOT take pseudoephedrine *

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