What kind of allergy medicine can you take when your pregnant

What kind of allergy medicine can you take when your pregnant

Generic Name:loratadine (lor AT a deen)
Brand Names:Alavert, Claritin, Claritin Reditab, Clear-Atadine, Dimetapp ND, ohm Allergy Relief, QlearQuil Every Day & Night, Tavist ND, Wal-itin

Medically reviewed by Sophia Entringer, PharmD Final updated on Jan 31, 2019.



Get advice first

Although you can purchase numerous hay fever medicines over the counter, it’s best to get advice from a pharmacist or GP before taking any medicine when you’re pregnant.

What helpful of allergy medicine can you take when your pregnant

They’ll assess your symptoms and the benefits of taking a medicine against the risk of any side effects.

To ease your symptoms when the pollen count is high, it helps to:

  1. stay indoors whenever possible
  2. wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
  3. keep windows and doors shut as much as possible

If you decide to take hay fever medicine, you’ll generally be advised to attempt a nasal spray or eyedrops first.


What is Claritin?

Claritin (loratadine) is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body.

Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.

Claritin is used to treat sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, skin rash, itching, and other freezing or allergy symptoms.

Claritin is also used to treat skin hives and itching in people with chronic skin reactions.


Important information

You should not take Claritin if you are allergic to loratadine or to desloratadine (Clarinex).

Follow every directions on your medicine label and package.

What helpful of allergy medicine can you take when your pregnant

Tell each of your healthcare providers about every your medical conditions, allergies, and every medicines you use.

Some chewable dosage forms of loratadine may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before using this form of Claritin if you own phenylketonuria (PKU).

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if you own liver or kidney disease.


Before taking this medicine

You should not take Claritin if you are allergic to loratadine or to desloratadine (Clarinex).

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you own other medical conditions, especially:

  1. kidney disease; or

  2. asthma;

  3. liver disease.

Claritin is not expected to harm an unborn baby.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Loratadine can pass into breast milk, but is considered compatible with breastfeeding.

What helpful of allergy medicine can you take when your pregnant

Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.


Antihistamine tablets (oral antihistamines)

Antihistamine tablets can assist relieve itchy eyes, a runny nose and sneezing, but not every types are suitable to take during pregnancy, so always check with a GP beforehand.

Pharmacists are unlikely to sell antihistamines without a prescription for use in pregnancy because of manufacturers’ restrictions.

If you cannot use nasal sprays or eyedrops or they do not work for you, a GP may recommend an antihistamine tablet that does not cause drowsiness, such as:

  1. loratadine – this is generally the first choice for pregnant women because of the quantity of safety data available for it
  2. cetirizine – if loratadine is not suitable or does not work for you, a GP may recommend cetirizine, another antihistamine tablet that does not cause drowsiness

Chlorphenamine is also considered one of the safer antihistamines to take during pregnancy, but because it can cause drowsiness, loratadine and cetirizine are generally the preferred options.

For information about taking specific medicines in pregnancy, see the bumps (best use of medicines in pregnancy) website.


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