U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Oceanside, CA
A 32-year-old female asked:

32 weeks pregnant with flu. doctor prescribed nasonex (mometasone) but it is not working. can i take dristan instead? it has always worked really well for me.

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Ask your Gyn person: Although it is unlikely that dristan would have a detrimental effect on your fetus, it is medico-legally wise to only take advice from your ob-gyn doctor.
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Both not the best: Nasonex (mometasone) (corticosteroids) has been assigned to pregnancy category c by the fda. Dristan (ibuprofen/pseudoephedrine) has not been formally assigned to a pregnancy category. Animal studies failed to reveal evidence of harm. Use in late pregnancy leads to premature fetal PDA closure. The recommendations are during pregnancy use, when there are no alternatives and benefit outweighs the risks.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Aug 29, 2016


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.