Ok to use afrin (oxymetazoline) in 3rd trimester of pregnancy?

NO! Do not use afrin or any other nasal decongestant (claritin-d, allegra-d) throughout pregnancy, as it can cause unsafe spikes in your blood pressure, stroke, placental abruption, or even fetal loss! plain oral antihistamines (not -d), nasal saline spray may be used instead, as may nasal steroids with medical supervision.
Category C. Afrin (oxymetazoline) is fda pregnancy category c. Drugs.Com defines category c as “animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.” thus discuss with your ob/physician to determine if benefits outweigh risks.

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Afrin (oxymetazoline) during third trimester. Is it safe to take?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) Afrin (oxymetazoline) is fda pregnancy category c. Drugs.Com defines category c as “animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.” thus discuss with your ob/physician to determine if benefits outweigh risks. Read more...

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...

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...

Is afrin (oxymetazoline) safe to use in the second trimester? I've used it atleast twice a day for the last two weeks? Is the baby ok?

Don't overuse it. Pregnancy causes congestion from swelling of the nasal membranes. Afrin shrinks the lining but should only be used for a couple of days; any longer causes severe "rebound" congestion. It is also a vasoconstrictor (tightens blood vessels), and while the risk is low, it may affect blood flow to your baby. Check with your doctor for safer and better options to treat your congestion. Read more...

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...