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Generic Name
Dextromethorphan and Ephedrine
Trade Name
Risk Category
  • Studies on animals show adverse effect and toxicity on fetus.
  • No adequate and well controlled studies done on pregnant women.
  • Drugs should be given only if the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk to the fetus.
FDA Pregnancy Risk Categories

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  • antitussive.
  • Bronchodilator.
  • Fetal Risk
    Fetal Risk
  • Ephedrine is teratogenic in animals, no adequate human data but sympathomimetic agents in general are possibly associated with minor malformations, inguinal hernia and club foot if used in 1st trimester.
  • Ephedrine can cause fetal tachycardia.
  • Limited data for dextromethorphan but considered to be safe in pregnancy.
  • Breast Feeding
    Breast Feeding
  • Ephedrine is considered safe in breast feeding, reported single case of irritability and poor sleeping in nursing infant.
  • No data available for Dextromethorphan.
  • Other Trade Names
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