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What otc medications or remedies are safe to use for a runny nose during pregnancy?

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Dr. Angela Savatiel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Antihistamines: Otc antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as well as longer acting nondrowsy formulations such as Claritin have been standard recommendations for years. However if you want to avoid medicines cleaning out the nasal passages with a neti pot or saline spray is also helpful and flushes out allergens such as pollen as well.
Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faust commented
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Agree with Dr. Savatiel. For saline nasal rinses, easier than a Neti pot is a plastic squeeze bottle. The one that I use personally (yes, this ENT doc has sinusitis) is the one from Nasopure.com (I have no affiliation). Best success.
Dec 15, 2011
Dr. Luis Matos
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Only a few.: For allergic rhinitis Nasalcrom or other products containig Cromolyn Sodium (sodium chromoglycate) are same but you have to use then 4 times a day. Nasal sinus rinse will help remove irritants, allergens or obstructing mucus nasal decongestant sprays can be used if totally obstructed but you run the risk of worse rebound congestion.Do not use more than 3 days.

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