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How can common cold in a pregnant woman be treated?


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Published At February 23, 2018
Reviewed AtFebruary 2, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My wife is 23 years old and she is suffering from common cold attack. The symptoms are sneezing, headache. She is 3 months pregnant. What medicines can she take?


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Since how many days is she having this attack?

If it is for just one to two days, then we would better wait and will not start any antibiotics. She should have tablet Levocetirizine 5 mg twice a day for two days and tablet Paracetamol 500 mg if she is febrile and fever is more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or for headache. This can be taken up to three times a day.

If three or more days have passed, then she should get prescribed antibiotics like tablet Amoxicillin 500 mg three times a day along with tablet Rantac 150 mg twice a day for four to five days. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take medications with their consent.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Her temperature is normal. Should she take Paracetamol? Is Levocetirizine safe during pregnancy?


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

She can have Paracetamol for a headache. Yes, Levocetirizine is safe during pregnancy.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode


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