Is Dextromethorphan Safe During Pregnancy?

If you are pregnant and have a cough that needs to be treated, you may be wondering if it's safe to take dextromethorphan. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that this drug may not be safe for use during pregnancy.
 
When dextromethorphan was studied in chick embryos, it appeared to cause various birth defects. However, some studies have been done on using this drug in pregnant women. These studies suggest that the drug does not cause major birth defects. However, the studies are not adequate enough to rule out the possibility of rare problems.
 
Due to the potential risks, dextromethorphan should only be prescribed during pregnancy when the benefits to the mother outweigh any possible risks to her unborn child.
 
(Click Dextromethorphan and Pregnancy for more details on whether you can take this drug during pregnancy. Research on dextromethorphan use in pregnant women and animals is also discussed in more detail.)
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