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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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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Can you take Benadryl allergy with Mucinex Cold, Flu, & Sore Throat? Think I have a sinus infection.

Can you take Benadryl allergy with Mucinex Cold, Flu, & Sore Throat? Think I have a sinus infection.

Yes you can: but don't exceed recommended dose for either and read the labels carefully. Good that you asked, always exercise caution with multiple medications. If this combination doesn't work, you may need to see your doctor for assessment and possibly prescription medications, best wishes ...Read more

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Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) safe to take for a sleep aid during pregnancy?

Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) safe to take for a sleep aid during pregnancy?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be taken safely in pregnancy for sleep if the problem is falling asleep. It is unlikely to help if the problem is staying asleep. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25mg liquid capsule for severe itchiness and rashes on my tummy during pregnancy?

Is it safe to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25mg liquid capsule for severe itchiness and rashes on my tummy during pregnancy?

Safe: It is felt to be safe particularly if you are in the last trimester. Studies have not shown any risk in any trimester. ...Read more

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How much Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can I take during pregnancy?

How much Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can I take during pregnancy?

Standard dosing : Typically patients patients can take 25mg every 6 hours as needed. If you need to take more than that, or for a longer sustained period than a week, then discuss further with your doctor. ...Read more

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Would Benadryl (diphenhydramine) have any effect on the baby during early pregnancy?

Would Benadryl (diphenhydramine) have any effect on the baby during early pregnancy?

Unlikely: it is pregnancy category B drug, which means: animal studies failed to show any harm to fetuses, but no controlled human studies, usually it safe to use, but don't exceed recommended dosage, and use it for the least time needed, goodluck ...Read more

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I'm getting mixed answers so i want to know if it's safe to take diphenhydramine in the first trimester of pregnancy and or after?

I'm getting mixed answers so i want to know if it's safe to take diphenhydramine in the first trimester of pregnancy and or after?

Safe : Otc in different formulations, make sure not 2 exceed recommended dose, read labels, it is present in many cold medicines, it is pregnancy category b, generally recognized as safe. ...Read more

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If Each 5 ml contains:50mg glyceryl guaiacolate,50mgpotassium citrate,1.5mg terbutaline sulphate,14mg diphenhydramine hydrochloride.Safe for pregnancy?

If Each 5 ml contains:50mg glyceryl guaiacolate,50mgpotassium citrate,1.5mg terbutaline sulphate,14mg diphenhydramine hydrochloride.Safe for pregnancy?

Depends: The most susceptible time for the fetus is during the 1st trimester. After that, most allergy medication or cough medications are likely safe. Diphenhydramine has been associated with a slightly higher risk to develop cleft palate when used in the 1st trimester although the incidence is still very low. ...Read more

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31 days late for period, no pregnancy symptom, frequent unrinating and negative test.On Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for allergies.Pls help so confuse and frustrated .Thank

31 days late for period, no pregnancy symptom, frequent unrinating and negative test.On Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for allergies.Pls help so confuse and frustrated .Thank

Not pregnant: If you are not pregnant, missing a period usually results from a failure to ovulate during your last cycle. There can be many reasons for this, including stress, illness, etc. If your periods were always regular before, you should return to normal menses over the next month or two without any treatment. ...Read more

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Can taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) everyday cause pregnancy problems? Are taking for chronic hives.

Probably safe.: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is class B which means it has been found safe to take during pregnancy. You should still discuss this with your OB doctor since your health situation could make a difference. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a treatment for your symptoms but does not explain why you are getting hives. This should be investigated. Chronic hives can be a simple problem or very complex and a sign of other disease. ...Read more

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Does flutab ( paracetamol 500mg, pseudoephedrine30 mg, diphenhydramine 25mg ) cause genetic defects during1 to 2 weeks of pregnancy?

Does flutab ( paracetamol 500mg, pseudoephedrine30 mg, diphenhydramine 25mg ) cause genetic defects during1 to 2 weeks of pregnancy?

Generally no: But mind you, it is a combination medicine with multiple ingredients, paracetamol and diphenhydramine are relatively safe, category B with pregnancy, pseudoephedrine though is category C , so should be used with more caution. Good that you asked, always caution with multiple medications whether pregnant, breastfeeding or not ...Read more

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Is diphenhydramine contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma, acute asthma, and pregnancy? Why?

Is diphenhydramine contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma, acute asthma, and pregnancy? Why?

Anti-cholinergic : Diphenhydramine's anticholinergic effects are to blame. They cause it to aggravate increased intraocular pressure, and dry secretions in those having asthma attacks, making it hard to clear secretions. Here's a link: http://answers.Yahoo.Com/question/index?Qid=20090328145710aa3jfbq
the link is wrong about pregnancy, though. It's category b, not c, for pregnancy and considered safer than other meds. ...Read more

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Is it true that diphenhydramine is contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma, acute asthma and pregnancy?

DPH & Asthma, glauco: Diphenhydramine(dph), benadryl, (diphenhydramine) is an antihistaminic having an Atropine like effect, i.e. In asthma is dries up secretions in the bronchi ( the respiratory pipes), thus it worsens asthma. In glaucoma it can precipitate an acute angle closure glaucoma, yes it is unwise to use it. On other side effect is lethargy and in pregnancy it is also unwise to unnecessarily sedate the fetus. So, yes yes yes. ...Read more

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Please explain why is diphenhydramine contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma, acute asthma and pregnancy?

Side effects: Antihistamines like Diphenhydramine have side effects that effect a certain part of the nervous system (cholinergic) which would cause bronchoconstriction, and further closing of the "angle" in glaucoma (angle closure type). If you must take an antihistamine, speak to your physician about antihistamines that do not or minimally affect this system.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there any type of allergy medicine that is safe to take during pregnancy? I am 33 weeks pregnant with no current complications.

Is there any type of allergy medicine that is safe to take during pregnancy? I am 33 weeks pregnant with no current complications.

Several: Nasal steroid sprays are great for allergies and are generally safe to use during pregnancy. Budesonide (Rhinocort) is a nasal steroid that has been approved for pregnancy the longest. Some oral antihistamines are also safe for pregnancy like loratadine (Claritin) or cetirizine (Zyrtec) are two that are available over the counter. ...Read more

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What can I do to promote sleep after I have tried just about everything that's safe to try during pregnancy? I have chronic insomnia as well as chronic allergies. I am currently 34 weeks pregnant and have not been able to sleep at all(maybe 3 hours a week

What can I do to promote sleep after I have tried just about everything that's safe to try during pregnancy? I have chronic insomnia as well as chronic allergies. I am currently 34 weeks pregnant and have not been able to sleep at all(maybe 3 hours a week

Treat: Obstetricians are not the best with psychiatry. Though cat d, low dose Clonazepam at night only has so little probability of hurting your baby; it pales in comparison to your untreated anxiety problem which is reflected in nightime hyperarousal. Insomnia is a psychiatric "vital sign" and untreated issues r worse than the meds. See mass general women's psychiatry website, print benzo's, bring 2 dr. ...Read more

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How can I treat severe allergies during pregnancy?

How can I treat severe allergies during pregnancy?

Zyrtec (cetirizine): Is class B and safe to use during pregnancy, I would discuss with your Ob/gyn however before starting. ...Read more

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Hello, am i able to take OTC claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec for allergies during pregnancy?

Hello, am i able to take OTC claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec for allergies during pregnancy?

Claritin (loratadine): we always recommend to avoid meds if possible, but if you have to Claritin (loratadine) should be ok ...Read more

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Will eating a lot of peanut butter and peanuts during pregnancy cause a peanut allergy for the baby?

Will eating a lot of peanut butter and peanuts during pregnancy cause a peanut allergy for the baby?

NO: This has never been definitively proven and would essentially mean anything a pregnant mother eats in excess would be a possible allergen to the baby, which is not the case, or babies all over the world be allergic to ice cream, etc. What is important, is to try and breast feed for the first year, as immunoglobulins that can be transferred to the growing baby through mom's breast milk can help. ...Read more

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What is the sideeffects for medicine Cyprodine on pregnancy in 34 weeks ? Is it safe on baby ? Is it helpfull to reduce allergy ?

What is the sideeffects for medicine Cyprodine on pregnancy in 34 weeks ? Is it safe on baby ? Is it helpfull to reduce allergy ?

It is safe at 34 wks: Cyproheptadine is a 1st generation antihistamine used for allergies and causes drowsiness. It is safe in 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy ...Read more

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How to deal with allergies during pregnancy?

How to deal with allergies during pregnancy?

Pregnancy category: Check any medications with your OB/Gyn and Allergist. In general the pregnancy category is a rating system to stratify the risk of a medication. Zyrtec (cetirizine) is pregnancy category B and thought of as safe. ...Read more

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Can there be anything i can do about allergies during pregnancy?

Can there be anything i can do about allergies during pregnancy?

Yes..: Most ob/gyn drs. Prefer you take nothing in the first trimester, but depending on your symptoms, your babies health depends on your health. There are safe medicines for all of stages of pregnancy.. So if your allergies are bothering you, go see your allergist. If there are concerns, they can always be in contact with your ob?Gyn. ...Read more

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If the body mimics allergies during pregnancy how can I clear it up ?

If the body mimics allergies during pregnancy how can I clear it up ?

See doctor: Body mimicking allergies as ,Having nausea ,vomiting ,little abdominal discomfort during pregnancy is normal occurrence , there is nothing to be done and not to worry about .But if you get more problem like difficulty in breathing or rashes on skin then consult your doctor ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for me to take allergy medications during pregnancy?

Is it dangerous for me to take allergy medications during pregnancy?

Depends: Claritin (loratadine) and Zyrtec (cetirizine) are pregnancy category B medications which means that animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus. I frequently use these medications with my pregnant patients. Allegra (fexofenadine) and many of the ingredients in cough meds are category C so avoid these medications if possible. If concerned, talk to OB/GYN about specific medications. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more