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Can you take Sudafed while pregnant?

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Pregnancy is a tough time for the first time mom, and if you add sickness on top of it, it can become overwhelming. This is especially true if you don’t know what medications are safe to take.

If you’re suffering from a stuffy nose or sinus pressure, you may think to reach for Sudafed. But is it safe?

Here’s everything you need to know!

Pregnant woman with stuffy nose holds package of Sudafed.

Is Sudafed safe for pregnant women?

Generally, yes!

Pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine can be taken under the brand name, Sudafed and is safe for most pregnant women, but you should avoid use during the first trimester and later when breastfeeding.

If you have high blood pressure, you must consult with your doctor first. (And, it’s always a good idea to clear any new medication with your doctor beforehand just to be safe).

You should NOT take Sudafed PE (Phenylephidrine) as there is uncertainty regarding it’s effectiveness and safety during pregnancy.

What other medications can I take?

Here are several other safe options to treat cold, sinus, and cough symptoms during pregnancy:

  • Honey
  • Robitussin and Robitussin DM
  • Salt water (for gargling)
  • Nasal spray or drops
  • Tylenol
  • Vick’s VapoRub
  • Chloraseptic spray
  • Benzocaine lozenges or cough drops
  • Plain cough syrup

Tylenol can also be used to help with pregnancy symptoms such as pregnancy headaches, morning sickness or nausea and pregnancy cramps.

And here are some other safe medicines for allergies, according to Advanced Women’s Healthcare:

  • Zyrtec
  • Chlor-Trimeton
  • Benadryl
  • Allegra
  • Claritin
  • Nasalcrom
  • Rhinocort

If you started allergy shots before pregnancy you may be able to continue treatments. Your doctor will make the proper recommendation. But you should not start shots during pregnancy.

There you have it!

If you’re sick and pregnant, there are lots of options out there that can bring you relief. You can add Sudafed to your list. Just keep your doctor in the loop and get the okay before starting something new!

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