Zyrtec in first trimester

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The safety of Zyrtec, when taken by the mother during pregnancy, has not been proven with an absolute degree of certainty but the FDA states below** that “Limited published data with cetirizine suggests it is relatively safe during the first trimester (first 12 weeks) of pregnancy. The FDA has placed this drug in Pregnancy Category B*** (see table below for explanation). LexiComp notes that “safety data is limited.
either animal-reproduction studies have not demonstrated a fetal risk but there are no controlled studies in pregnant women or animal-reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect (other than a decrease in fertility) that was not confirmed in controlled studies in women in the first trimester(and there is no evidence of a risk in later trimesters)". There are a few that get plain B's and the only A grade isn't available in the US.
I normally take Zyrtec and did so my last pregnancy almost every day after my first trimester. Has anyone else taken antihistimines during the 1st trimester and how did everything go? I do not want to harm the fetus but I know I cannot hold out for the next 7-8 weeks. HELP!
Hello, Atrax, Zyrtec and Allegra are all not safe in pregnancy esp. in the first trimester. Lacitrex is all natural antihistaminics and it is not FDA approved to be taken in pregnancy. So you have to discuss it with your health care provider before opting for Lacitrex. I hope it helps. Take care and regards.
I had PUPPS in my 3rd trimester of my first pregnancy and i did have it in my belly.
I was told to avoid bendryl in the first trimester
I was prescribed zyrtec during the first trimester when I got a really bad head and chest cold. It helped dry my sinuses up. However if you are getting an INFECTION you will need antibiotics. You need to go to your Dr and see what truly is the problem. They will tell you what you can and can not take. Neti Pot is a great way to help clear your sinuses I used one the whole first and second trimester I had bad congestion.
In general, the evidence suggests that antihistamines are safe but my advice would be to avoid taking any medication, unless absolutely necessary for control, especially during the first trimester. Also, you should not take any medicine, conventional or herbal, without first discussing it with your physician.
Anyway - she said she wanted to treat all three and since I was in my first trimester this is all she could for now. First, the coughing will not hurt the babies right now. Her concern is later on as the twins gain weight, the coughing, will push them towards my cervix and cause a possible premature labor. So she wants to take care of the cough now before then. This is what she suggested - use a neubulizer with albulterol 4 times a day, zrtec at night and tums 4 times a day.
Can I still take it being in my first trimester?
I had been taking Zyrtec daily before I found out I was pregnant, she said Zyrtec is one of the only drugs safe in the first trimester. Benadryl is on the avoid in first trimester list.
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.
Phenyephrine is routinely prescribed after the first trimester. Dextromethorphan and Guiafenesin are also routinely used but are pregnancy cat. C meaning there isn't significant human data to show if there are risks. Personally, I have taken dayquil which contains all three of the above during pregnancies with no issues. Antihistamines like benadryl and other allergy meds like zyrtec and claritin are considered safe as well.
During the beginning of my pregnancy I had a nasty cough with mucus and decided to try natural home remedies to make sure baby would be ok. Anytime I would blow my nose or cough my boyfriend would be concerned. I contacted my doctor and he said everything is fine. Baby is well protected.
I'm in my first trimester and trying to avoid medication unless absolutely necessary. I have allergies, though, and I'm constantly itchy. It keeps me up at night and is terribly distracting throughout the day. It's usually not localized either, just spots that itch and move as they please. Does anyone have any miracle advice?
Hi there, I have horrible allergies and the first trimester I took mostly Benadryl and occasionally I took Rhinocort because it was FDA B. I used to to take Flonase but switched when I knew I wanted to get pregnant. Once I hit 12 weeks, I took Zyrtec almost every day along with Rhinocort when it was unbearable and patenol for my eyes. Benadryl shouold do the trick for you but it will make you sleepy. I hope you find relief.
If you can take allergy shots and clear up the allergies well before getting pregnant, I certainly would do it. It will help you for the rest of your life. Zyrtec is expensive!! lol Talk to your ob-gyn to know of any safety windows regarding allergy shots and pregnancy, and especially find out if the meds you take for your allergies are dangerous to the embryo and fetus if you do get pregnant. Very important. Good luck!
I wonder this because I am pregnant and the only variable that could be responsible for the increased hives are the changing hormone levels in my body. 3) Is BID dosing of Zyrtec safe in pregnancy? I know it is safe during pregnancy but I think most people who are pregnant are using it PRN, not QD or BID. Without the Zyrtec, my hives are not only unbearable but they also start to present in my throat, mouth and on my lips, so going without it is not really an option for me.
Depending upon how miserable you are, it is probably safest to take nothing for the symptoms, at least in the first trimester. However, if my patients can't sleep, or are having constant headaches, etc that are interfering with work, etc then I usually recommend Tylenol and/or Claritin for first line therapy.
My doctor told me that I could take it, but I would check with your doc first to make sure.
2-3 years and have always taken different antihistamines (Zyrtec, Claratine, Allegra). I have found out that I am 6 weeks pregnant and have been advise to stop taking these meds (I'm currently living in Australia). I have been told that I can take Polaramine but should only take it when really necessary "when the benefits outweigh the risks". Obviously, this is not a life threatening condition but it is EXTREMELY uncomfortable.
Hi, i gave birth to my daughter in feb. Of 2011. During mu third trimester i had pupp rash pretty bad. None of the topical treatments worked. Zyrtec helped with the itching. It went away almost immediately after delivery. Now 8 months later i have what seems to be the exact same rash spreading the same way and everything. I never was clear on what actually caused it the first timebut from what they di tell me i thought it onlu happened during pregnancy. Could this be the same rash?
I'm 14w and its gotten worse once I started second trimester. My doc prescribed me zofran. Can't eat a lot in one sitting, but its helping tons.
Depends on how far along you are if you're in the first trimester it's ok to take light pain med or non drowsy allergy meds i just asked my Dr and he said it's ok. As far as being further along i don't know.
I am 36+5 and I've been sick with a bad cold about three times and there's not much they will let ya do... Plus I have a heart condition so on top of that, the medicine they would let me take, I couldn't! Lol the best thing they gave me was Zyrtec. I know it's for allergies, but it helped. Other than that I sucked on cough drops constantly or sat in the bathroom with a warm Shower runnin to help clear me out.
Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) is a benign dermatosis that usually arises late in the third trimester of a first pregnancy. The rash of PUPPP almost always begins in the stretch marks (striae) of the abdomen. It does not involve the belly button distinguishing it from other common rashes of pregnancy. The rash itself consists of small, red wheals in the stretch marks that grow together to form larger wheals on the abdomen. See the treatment for both is different.
My OB has allowed me to take flonase after 12 weeks, but would not allow me to take it during the first trimester. I suspect it is probably OK as long as you stop as soon as you get pregnant. A lot of times, situations like this boil down to risk vs benefit. If you are truly a terrible allergy sufferer, then the benefits may far outweigh the minute risks. I do know some people who had to be on allergy medications throughout the duration of their pregnancies.
Mine told me to stay away from psuedoephedrine in the first trimester and stick with phenylephrine. But I've been pregnant enough times and seen enough Ob's to pretty much figure out what I can and can't take. This last pregnancy was my 6th full term so I go more on personal experience than my doc. Definitely talk to your doc though. The cough drops don't necessarily help with the congestion.
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