Is it safe to take loratadine while pregnant?

Is it safe for a pregnant woman to take loratadine?

Many allergy medications really aren’t safe to take during pregnancy. But loratadine (found in Claritin®) and cetirizine (found in Zyrtec® and Alleroff®) are two over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamine medications that doctors consider as being safe to use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, Dr. Zanotti says.

Does loratadine cause birth defects?

Can taking loratadine in pregnancy cause birth defects in the baby? There is currently no concern that exposure to loratadine in early pregnancy is linked to birth defects in the baby.

Does loratadine cross the placenta?

Loratadine / pseudoephedrine Pregnancy Warnings

Loratadine: Animal studies at up to 150 times the maximum recommended human dose found no teratogenicity. It is unknown if it crosses the placenta, but it is probable with its low molecular weight (about 383).

Which antihistamines are safe during pregnancy?

To conclude first generation antihistamines such as chlorpheniramine, hydroxyzine, and dexchlorpheniramine are the safest among antihistamines to be used in pregnancy.

Can antihistamines cause miscarriage?

Due to the role of histamine and its receptors in these processes, it is reasonable to conclude that antihistamine use may be associated with pregnancy outcomes such as spontaneous abortion (SAB) and preterm birth (PTB). Currently, there are no safety guidelines for the use of antihistamines during pregnancy.

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What can I take for allergies while pregnant?

Safe OTC Allergy Meds to Take During Pregnancy

  • Allegra (fexofenadine)
  • Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
  • Claritin (loratadine)
  • Zyrtec (cetirizine)

Is taking Claritin safe during pregnancy?

Our experts answer your pregnancy questions

The good news is that antihistamines for seasonal allergy symptoms are generally safe during pregnancy. Benadryl and Chlor-Trimeton, for example, are safe. We think the second-generation allergy medications like Claritin and Zyrtec are also fine for pregnancy.

What pregnancy category is loratadine?

Safety of Over-the-Counter Antihistamines, Decongestants, and Expectorants in Pregnancy

Medication Drug class Pregnancy risk category*
Cetirizine (Zyrtec) Second-generation (selective, nonsedating) antihistamine B
Loratadine (Claritin) Second-generation (selective, nonsedating) antihistamine B

Is it safe to take antihistamines when pregnant?

Most people can safely take antihistamines. But speak to a pharmacist or GP for advice if you: are pregnant – read about taking hay fever medicines in pregnancy. are breastfeeding – read about taking hay fever medicines while breastfeeding.

Can you take Claritin while pregnant in first trimester?

Some oral antihistamines, like Allegra (fexofenadine), Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Chlor-Trimeton (chlorpheniramine), Claritin (loratadine), and Zyrtec (cetirizine) appear to be safe after the first trimester, safe meaning they have caused no known harm in studies that have been done.

Does Claritin cause miscarriage?

Does taking loratadine during my pregnancy increase the chance of miscarriage? Miscarriage can occur in any pregnancy. A study of 161 women taking loratadine during the first trimester did not show any differences in the rates of miscarriage.

What are the side effects of loratadine?

Loratadine may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • headache.
  • dry mouth.
  • nosebleed.
  • sore throat.
  • mouth sores.
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • nervousness.
  • weakness.
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