Allergy Medication

8 Replies
meg - May 23

What type of OTC allergy medication is safe to take? Thanks!

 

mcatherine - May 23

Loratadine - I take it every morning. It is only an antihistimine (sp?), but my docs told me on the days I needed decongesting to take regular Sudafed with it. I am making it pretty well through allegy season so far without my regular meds...

 

CaliTrish - May 23

My hospital recommends avoiding medication before the second trimester if at all possible and afterwards only when necessary. They recommended Benadryl (diphenhydramine) over Claritin (loratadine) since there is more test data available. Also, loratadine is known to pa__s into b___st milk, so it in not recommended while b___stfeeding. I've been taking the Benadryl Children's Allergy 12.5mg chewables (grape) to be safer. Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) is also recommend if a decongestant is needed. Although not allergy meds, avoid aspirin and ibuprofen. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is the pain reliever of choice during pregnancy.

 

mcatherine - May 23

CaliTrish - my understanding from my doctor and pharmacist is that loratadine is only the active ingredient in Claritin and it actually lacks most all of the other ingredients found in that medication. I was told that Loratadine was also ranked as an "A" list med. I just want to make sure I am not taking or reccomending something that is unsafe. They asked me to stop Claritin for the entire pregnancy. I went off all meds until I entered my 2nd tri and only plan to take them until allergy season is over (mid/late-June). Do you know if they are considered the same? Meaning name/generic? Thanks!

 

meg - May 23

I guess maybe it would have been helpful to state that I am just about 25 weeks, and am VERY congested! I have done such a good job throughout the pregnancy on not taking meds, but I just hate feeling like this.

 

Krista - May 23

I've had REALLY bad allergies since I was little. I have prescription Allegra D....Everyone who tries it says it's the best pill they've ever taken!! my doc said it's safe to take during my pregnancy as well! =) it will definitely clear you up!! ask your doc for a prescription! =) Allegra-D.

 

wendelmar - May 23

I am pregnant with my 2nd child. I took Claritin during the last pregnancy, and had a healthy baby boy. Loratadine is the active ingrediant in Claritin, and if have a Sams Club nearby, you can get the generic of Claritin (called Loratadine) 300 tablets for $15, or but Claritin for $1 a pill. I checked with the doctor and it is exactly the same thing. Some doctors say not to take any medicatioin during pregnancy, but if you are like me, allergy medication is a must to control my asthma. Also, Benedryl is safe to take as well as Sudafed. Just make sure it is the red label Sudafed (the nasal decongestant) and not any of the other ones they have. I started taking the Sudafed allergy and quickly stopped after finding out it was not tested yet during pregnancy.

 

ITSABOY - May 23

Ask for your doc to give you a list of what you can take.

 

CaliTrish - May 23

Mcatherine, looks like Wendelmar answered your question. Loratadine and Claritin are the same. Except for the "grape" everything I put in parentheses in my previous post are the generic name for the preceding drug listed. The advice nurse said loratadine is safe, but there's just more info on diphenhydramine. Since my allergies seem to act up the most when I'm sleeping, the Benadryl takes care of the sinus drip, itchy nose, scratch throat, and helps me sleep. Meg, if you're stuffed up, try taking Sudafed - the little red pills. Antihistamines, like Benadryl & Claritin, work better for running noses & hay fever, at least for me.

 

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