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Is It Safe: Taking Allergy Medications

by The Stir Bloggers on March 20, 2009 at 6:48 AM

allergy medications whie pregnantI'm fortunate not to suffer from allergies, but I feel for moms who do.

If you're one of them, what's the deal? Can you still take your allergy meds while pregnant?

It's sort of a tricky one. There have been no animal studies on the category B drug loratadine (Caritin and others) that indicate a risk to the fetus, and there have been no reports of human reproductive problems associated with it. Category B drugs are generally thought to be safe.


In truth, few drugs have been proven "safe" during pregnancy -- drugs typically aren't tested on pregnant women due to the possible risk to the fetus. Here's what you need to know, via WebMD:

-- Exercise caution, especially in the first trimester. Talk to your doctor about the severity of your symptoms and see what he recommends.

-- Try to avoid (as much as possible) exposure to the things that trigger your symptoms -- this may decrease your need for the meds.

-- Keep in mind that nasal issues -- congestion or that preggo runny nose -- get worse for all women during pregnancy, not just those who suffer from allergies. (Another thing to blame on pregnancy hormones.)

-- Here's a list of medications with no known harmful effects during pregnancy -- the common allergy drug Benadryl is on it. But, again, no drug is guaranteed 100% safe. Have a chat with your doctor or midwife!

Do you suffer from allergies? What has your doctor advised about what's safe to take? Or are you "just saying no" to meds altogether?

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  • auror...


    March 20, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    I've wondered about this before.  My OB told me I couldn't take my Zyrtec when I was pregnant and so I was horribly allergic and suffered through the whole thing.  I have a friend whose doctor told her it was fine to take her Zyrtec.  Weird.

  • madam...


    March 20, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    I suffered through a random sneak attack of allergy symptoms the other week. It was horrible!

    So, just to be safe I called my OB and she told me to take benadryl. Oh la dee friggin da...The one drug that does NOT work for me. Never has, still hasn't. But I took it with high hopes. *sigh* Nothing happened lol.

    Normally I would have taken a Claritin D and gone about my day as happy as a clam. Once this baby is out, I'll get to take medicine that actually works for me! (Ie: ibuprofen instead of acetomenophen)

  • babyg...


    March 20, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    hey my doc gave me a list of things i could take and there are a few ones you can still take.. extra strength tylenol, sudafed (congestion), robitussin or generics (coughing/sore throat) or chloraseptic/halls/rocola lozenges (sore throat).. just thought i would let you all know that.. so if you have allergies that is what you can take..

  • RanaA...


    March 20, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Benadryl and Sudafed are okay.

    However - anyone who hasn't should PICK UP A NETI POT!  I stopped using medications after taking multiple ones daily when I got one!

  • lilti...


    March 20, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    I am happy to hear I can take something! I have the worst allergy symptoms the other day i had trouble sleeping and breathing and it helps to know that claritin or benedryl wont hurt the baby my doctor mentioned these before but now im convinced thnxs!

  • RoniV


    March 19, 2010 at 11:09 AM
    Although my doc has said it is fine to continue with my loratadine, but I haven't. I will take it only if I have an attack. And even then, if I can just take a nap I will try to do that (seems to be the only way for me to completely stop an attack, especially with watery eyes). But I am one who tries to take as few meds as possible when pregnant, just to be safe.
  • Zamaria


    April 12, 2011 at 11:04 PM
    I don't take allergy meds often because they make me soooo sleepy. I take a tablespoon of raw organic honey every day and that has almost completely cured my severe seasonal allergies in the year I have been using it. I only had one sneezy itchy eyes day this season! I also use an air purifier and ionizer in my bedroom and living room during allergy
    season. It seems to have worked!
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