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Is it safe to take allergy medication while pregnant?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Less is best, especially in 1st trimester. Benedryl and tylenol (acetaminophen) cold and sinus products are considered safe.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Allergy/Pregnancy: Some are and some aren't. You absolutely must speak with your ob/gyn and/or allergist prior to using.
Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Generally: Most allergy and asthma medications are safe in pregnancy, but you need to consider both adverse effects on the fetus and risks to you of not taking your meds. Women should always discuss the use of meds in pregnancy with their physician.
Dr. David Rosenthal
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
See a physician: Different allergy medications have different risks, and they vary depending on when in your pregnancy you are taking them (1st trimester, 2nd trimester...). The reason why you are taking them also matters (life threatening allergic reaction, asthma, runny nose...). Don't decide yourself, ask your doctor what they recommend for your situation. Using nasal saline is always safe.

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