I am alittle over 10 weeks pregnant and my allergies are miserable. I know I can take benadryl and believe my I do but I can't take it during the day because it makes me sleepy. Can people out there tell me if there is anything else I can take. Have any of you had to take allergy medicine? I am at my wits end.
You can take Sudafed for a nasal decongestant, but I don't know if that would help with your allergies or not. Luckily, I have never suffered from them so don't know how they feel. I have a sinus infection right now though and have been taking Sudafed for over a week. It is one of the few medications on a list my doctor was able to give me as OK.
my dh is a pharmacist and would not let me take benedryl, especially in the first trimester. neither would my doctor. during the first trimester, all they let me take for congestion was sudafed. in general, antihistimines like benedryl, allegra, etc... are not great to take. as soon as i was into the second trimester, they let me start taking flonase. it does help a bit.
I too have bad allergies and was on Zyrtec 10mg (prescription) prior to being pregnant. My OB said that there was no problem on continuing while I was pregnant. It is a category B drug (same as Benadryl) and was leary about continuing the pills. I couldn't take the allergies, but dealt with it until the second trimester and finally had to give in (it was springtime)...I reduced my dosage to one every other day instead of every day.
You are supposed to stay away with any type of "D" medicine, but there are still prescription meds that you can have. I was told that you CANNOT have Allegra, Allegra D, or Claritin D ("D" class meds), but you can have Zyrtec. I have been taking Zyrtec daily (I am 24 weeks pregnant). Good luck ... the allergy season is bad enough without being limited to the remedies you can seek! ;0)
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