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Is it safe to take medication for allergies while pregnant?

Is it safe to take medication for allergies while pregnant?

Yes: Speak with your physician first and clarify the medications that you must take. There are allergy medications that are class b in pregnancy and as best we can tell are safe to use in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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 it safe to take allergy medication while pregnant?

Is it safe to take allergy medication while pregnant?

Generally: Most allergy and asthma medications are safe in pregnancy, but you need to consider both adverse effects on the fetus and risks to you of not taking your meds. Women should always discuss the use of meds in pregnancy with their physician. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take allergy medication if you're pregnant?

Is it safe to take allergy medication if you're pregnant?

See a physician: Different allergy medications have different risks, and they vary depending on when in your pregnancy you are taking them (1st trimester, 2nd trimester...). The reason why you are taking them also matters (life threatening allergic reaction, asthma, runny nose...). Don't decide yourself, ask your doctor what they recommend for your situation. Using nasal saline is always safe. ...Read more

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Can i take over-the-counter medication for allergy while pregnant? If so, what is safe?

Can i take over-the-counter medication for allergy while pregnant? If so, what is safe?

Antihistamine: Most otc antihistamines are considered category b for pregnancy. There is also a category b rx nasal steroid as well. ...Read more

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Which allergy medications can I take in pregnancy?

Which allergy medications can I take in pregnancy?

Category A , B drugs: Nobody wants to do any studies on pregnant women, so there is little data on newer allergy medications in humans. Category b means that animal studies show no problem during pregnancy, but no human studies have been done. ...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

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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