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Pholcodine and Pregnancy

03/31/2011

Question:

Hi, I wonder whether Pholcodine is safe for pregnancy as I have 2 sources that mention the controversial safety during pregnancy: according Australian source (innovate pharmaceutical), it is safe (pregnancy category A) but from British sources, it is pregnancy category C. What is really the pregnancy status of this medicine?

Answer:

This cough suppressant is safe to use occasionally during pregnancy. It can be habit forming if used on a daily basis. 

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Response by:

Debra K Gardner, PhamD Debra K Gardner, PhamD
Former Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmacy College Business Office
Internal Resource Pool-Allied at OSU Medical Center
Wexner Medical Center
The Ohio State University