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Old 04-30-2003, 01:29 PM   #1
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Post Hypothyroidism and Cough Medicine

I know that on the back of most medicines, it says not to take the medicine until you talk to your physician. Is it OK to take Robitussin with hypothyroid. I am on synthroid as well as prenatal vitamins and don't want anything to get messed up. Thanks!

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Old 05-01-2003, 11:39 AM   #2
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There are several formulas of Robitussin with various ingredients. The main ingredient in all of them is Guaifenesin, which is an expectorant. Other formulas have different ingredients that should be OK, but warrant asking your doctor or pharmacist about.

For Example, Robitussin Cold and Robitussin PE both contain psuedoephedrine, which is not recommended for hyperthyroid people and, like any other drug, may be metabolized more slowly in hypothyroids so you would need to take a longer time between doses (if it says take every 4-6 hours stay closer to 6).

Which formulation are you askin about?

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I am trying to conceive and only wanting to take Guaifenesin. So that should be ok, right? Thanks for your response!

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Hi. I'm trying to conceive also and I'll be doing the Robitussin thing next time. Plain old Robitussin is what I've read on ttc websites - with no decongestants, and drink lots of water. I'm going to run it by my endo on Monday and will report back what he says.

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My doctor told me that most thyroid warnings on meds are for HYPER not HYPO because they sometimes boost and stimulate thyroid levels to get high..If you are on the low side this will not affect you. If your TSH are on the side closer to being High or normal then you probably would want to try and see how you feel. If you felt hyper thyroid symptoms then you would know not to take it.
I have heard of people having luck with the Robitussin. It does cause your secretions to thin making it more able to conceive..However you do have to ovulate and take it consecutively..It will not make you ovulate if you do not. Good luck.

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