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Is it safe to take amedicine for sinus like afrin(oxymetazoline) in the 1st trimesters of pregnancy?

Is it safe to take amedicine for sinus like afrin(oxymetazoline) in the 1st trimesters of pregnancy?

FDA Category C: This substance is rated category c for pregnant women. Which means it is not advised unless the benefit outweighs the risk. There have been very few reported problems, but no real studies have been done to establish safety. As a fellow sinus sufferer....I would not use it. I would do steam inhalations with menthol and consider seeing the doctor if symptoms last longer than 10 days. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is afrin (oxymetazoline) safe in pregnancy?

Is afrin (oxymetazoline) safe in pregnancy?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) is FDA: Pregnancy category c. Thus it has not been established if it will cause harm to unborn child in humans. This should be discussed with your obstetrician/ physician to determine if benefits outweigh risks. ...Read more

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Can a pregnant woman take afrin (oxymetazoline)?

Can a pregnant woman take afrin (oxymetazoline)?

Yes, but . . .: Taken in the third trimester, there appears to be no problem. There are adverse events reported sporadically after high dose/prolonged use, especially in the first two trimesters. My recommendation is use saline nasal spray. Works very well and all it is salt water. ...Read more

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Is it okay for a pregnant women to take afrin (oxymetazoline) nose spray?

Is it okay for a pregnant women to take afrin (oxymetazoline) nose spray?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) in pregnancy: Afrin (oxymetazoline) is used as a decongestant. It is in category c where animal studies show adverse effects but no controlled human studies or no animal or human studies; weigh possible fetal risk versus maternal benefit. Don not use afrin if you are pregnant without first talking to your doctor. ...Read more

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My wife is pregnant and she has a very bad sinus congestion, can she take afrin (oxymetazoline) with azythromicin?

Azithromycin ok: use nasal saline and benadryl[dihphenhydramine] afrin ok but limit to 2 days a week only , twice a day , can use flonase or any nasal steroid best , takes 2 days to work can use for weeks. ...Read more

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I have been using afrin (oxymetazoline) for the past month and i'm 15 weeks pregnant. Is it safe for the baby? I'm really worried!

Probably not!: Afrin used long enough can actually cause more problem to mom than baby! rhinitis medicamentosa or prolonged misuse of nasal vasoconstrictors can be hard to wean from ... Please see your OB or md to see if you need to be switch to a baby-friendly nasal meds! enjoy your pregnancy! regards! ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a nasal decongestant such as afrin at night (so i can sleep) when i'm 5 weeks pregnant?

Is it safe to use a nasal decongestant such as afrin at night  (so i can sleep) when i'm 5 weeks pregnant?

I'm usually not a : Fan of afrin (oxymetazoline). There could be some unwanted side effects: http://www.Drugs.Com/sfx/afrin (oxymetazoline)-side-effects.Html. ...Read more

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Is afrin safe to use for severe nasal congestion during third trimester of pregnancy? I am currently 33 weeks and a few days and need sleep! thank you

Is afrin safe to use for severe nasal congestion during third trimester of pregnancy? I am currently 33 weeks and a few days and need sleep! thank you

If your BP is NML: Afrin (oxymetazoline) contains a vasoconstrictor, which is to say that it constricts blood vessels. In women predisposed to this, especially in late pregnancy, it may cause a rise in your bp, that could make your doctor suspicious of developing preeclampsia. In small amounts it should be safe, but i would suggest you try antihistamines (they sometimes help), and avoid the decongestants for the above reason. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Oxymetazoline (Definition)

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Afrin (Definition)

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