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I am pregnant, and as spring approaches, i’m not sure how to best manage my allergies. What’s safe to take?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Claritin (loratadine) or Zyrtec

Over the counter medications like claritin, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) zyrtec and allergra are safe to use in pregnancy.
The mucous lining of the nose can be swollen in pregnancy which can make allergy symptoms worse. Otc nose sprays are also safe to use. There are a variety of prescription medications available as well.

In brief: Claritin (loratadine) or Zyrtec

Over the counter medications like claritin, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) zyrtec and allergra are safe to use in pregnancy.
The mucous lining of the nose can be swollen in pregnancy which can make allergy symptoms worse. Otc nose sprays are also safe to use. There are a variety of prescription medications available as well.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Many meds are safe

Many allergy medications are safe during pregnancy.
Zyrtec, Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are all proven safe. Nasal inhalers don't produce significant blood levels of medication and are also safe. Sudafed may cause some growth problems if used daily throughout pregnancy. Allegra hasn't been tested enough to know for sure if it is safe. Allergy shots can also be used during pregnancy.

In brief: Many meds are safe

Many allergy medications are safe during pregnancy.
Zyrtec, Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are all proven safe. Nasal inhalers don't produce significant blood levels of medication and are also safe. Sudafed may cause some growth problems if used daily throughout pregnancy. Allegra hasn't been tested enough to know for sure if it is safe. Allergy shots can also be used during pregnancy.
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Dr. Sheila Goodman
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