Pregnant women often ask what OTC cough/cold meds to use

Pregnant women often ask what OTC cough/cold meds to use.

Tell patients to start with nondrug therapy (fluids, saline nasal spray, hard candy, etc)...avoid meds in the first trimester if possible...and, when needed, choose single-ingredient products.

Decongestants. Start with oxymetazoline nasal spray (Afrin, etc) for a few days ONLY...to avoid rebound congestion.

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