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Can Dolo and Avil be taken during pregnancy?

Answered by: Dr Chandra M Gulhati

Editor, MIMS, New Delhi

Q. My 29 years old wife is eight weeks pregnant. She is suffering from severe cough, cold and mild headache for the last ten days. We consulted a doctor who has prescribed Dolo 650 and Avil 25 mg. My wife is a bit concerned about taking these drugs during pregnancy. Is it advisable to take these drugs to fight cold and cough?

A.  All drugs need to be avoided during pregnancy unless absolutely necessary. Dolo 650 contains paracetamol, and some reports have suggested a link between the drug and development of asthma in children whose mothers took the drug. Avil contains pheniramine which is an anti-allergic agent. It should not be used unless absolutely essential. Your wife is probably suffering from normal cold and cough. Frequent steam inhalation (2-3 times daily) with Sinarest Vapocaps will give her much relief.

A.  All drugs need to be avoided during pregnancy unless absolutely necessary. Dolo 650 contains paracetamol, and some reports have suggested a link between the drug and development of asthma in children whose mothers took the drug. Avil contains pheniramine which is an anti-allergic agent. It should not be used unless absolutely essential. Your wife is probably suffering from normal cold and cough. Frequent steam inhalation (2-3 times daily) with Sinarest Vapocaps will give her much relief.

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