Woke up this morning feeling crummy so I took a dose of DayQuil...then looked at the label later and saw that it said to ask a doctor before use if pregnant. I'm trying not to worry or feel guilty since I really didn't know, and I won't take more til I ask doctor what's safe...but can someone please put my mind at ease that I didn't in any way harm my son??
I don't think you've harmed your son, but Dayquil is not safe for pregnancy. The acetaminophen in it is fine, but the dextromethorphan and phenylephrine are category C drugs (Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.)
One dose is very unlikely to cause any damage, but don't take anymore
You already took it and they arent going to pump your stomach for taking one dose of dayquil. I don't think activated charcoal would work at this point either since its most likely too late and the drugs are in your system already.
You might want to let your doctor know that you took it but I don't think you need to rush to the hospital or anything. I don't think there is much they can do at this point other than tell you things will most likely be fine and not to stress out too much over it.
It's not like you drank an entire bottle of poison or something.
Nothing to do now, just let it be... I'm sure baby is fine just don't take anymore. Don't mean to sound rude, we all make mistakes but why would u take a medication without checking if its safe for pregnancy first?
awww hun please dont worrie. I made the same mistake when i was pregnant with my first. I didnt think about it at all then bam i thought i wonder if you can take this while preg. It is deff on the no no list but my doc said one dose isnt going to cause any side affects on the baby. she is now a healthy 4 y/o. Dont beat yourself up about it. Let your doc know you took some without thinking if it was safe during pregnancy and he will make you feel better.
Again make sure you watch the next time you wanna take a medicine and make sure its on the ok list but you are not a horrible mom because you did take it ok
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