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Can You Take Claritin While Pregnant
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more
Pregnancy Category C: There 5 categories: a, b, c, d, and x. A being safe. B known to be safe by animal studies/results, and some human studies showing same. C --use with caution as animal studies=no risk, but human study not available. D=high risk, use only in emergency. X=definite risk--do not use. If u are in your second trimester, it is likely ok to use for short time. Consult doc. Congrats and good luck. ...Read more
Can i take Claritin and Mucinex together while pregnant? Hello, I am 5 months pregnant and i took Claritin and Mucinex together. I took Claritin at 9:00pm and Mucinex at 12:30am. I really need to know if i hurt my baby? I am scared and don't know if i h
I : I can understand your fear, however the best thing for you and your baby is for you to relax and move on from here. The likelihood that any damage was done to your baby is very slim. Claritin is considered a pregnancy category b drug; this means that animal studies have not shown any risk to a fetus, therefore doctors consider drugs in this category to be considered safe and prescribe them all the time. Mucinex is considered a class c drug which means that animal studies have shown adverse effect on the fetus, however these are usually an issue when a large amount of the drug is used or the drug is used over an extended period of time. Regardless, many doctors prescribe drugs in this category because the benefits from use outweigh any potential risk to the fetus. Also keep in mind that these studies are usually in fetus that are very early (first trimester). At 5 months all your baby's major organs are developed and should not be affected by a class c drug. Lastly, i used category c drugs while pregnant as well as given them to my patients, and I have not seen one bad outcome from it. Your baby will be just fine. If you ever want to know which medications you can take don't hesitate to contact your doctor. Best of luck with your pregnancy. ...Read more
I took a Claritin last night and it didn't help at all. I am severely congested and 19 weeks pregnant. Can I take Zyrtec or Allegra now or wait?
Neither would help: Oral antihistamines do not provide decongestion so it would not have mattered. You may try a nasal steroid but there is only one which is considered category B for pregnancy and requires a Rx. Do note that you may also have vasomotor rhinitis associated with pregnancy and this may or may not respond to the usual medications. See doctor . ...Read more
I'm 12 weeks pregnant and Claritin is not touching me. history of premature membrane rupture at 27 weeks, what allergy meds can I take?
Several options: For pregnant patients with allergic rhinitis there are several options that start with the most benign to those that are cat b in pregnancy ( which means as best as we can tell the med is safe). Nasal saline then otc Nasalcrom and then nasal steroids ( only those that are cat b in pregnancy). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe to take zyrtec or Claritin while pregnant? I'm 37 years old, 6 weeks pregnant and have seasonal allergies.
Both : Both zyrtec and Claritin are classified by the fda (the U.S. Food and drug administration) as pregnancy category b drugs, meaning there is no known risk to pregnant women or their babies. So there is no evidence that either one is harmful. Let your OB doctor know all the drugs and supplements you are taking. Best wishes with your pregnancy and congratulations! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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