Decongestant medications reduce stuffiness and sinus pressure by constricting the blood vessels in your nose, which reduces swelling. Pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine are available over the counter as Sudafed and are safe for many women to use during pregnancy.
What is the best decongestant while pregnant?
The American Pharmacists Association’s Handbook of Non-Prescription Drugs recommends using oxymetazoline as the preferred nasal decongestant during pregnancy. Appropriate doses of oxymetazoline can be advised for patients during pregnancy provided that the patient does not have any contraindications to the drug.
Can Sudafed hurt your baby?
In most cases, pseudoephedrine is not likely to cause side effects in the breastfed baby. However, a few cases of irritability have been reported. If you are worried about any symptoms that the baby has, contact the child’s healthcare provider. Pseudoephedrine may reduce the amount of milk that you produce.
Can you take Sudafed while pregnant first trimester?
Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) 30-60 mg every 4-6 hours can be used in the second and third trimesters in women without gestational hypertension. Avoid use in the first trimester and with breastfeeding. Sudafed PE (Phenylephidrine) should be avoided because of its uncertain efficacy and safety in pregnancy.
Can I take Sudafed 12 Hour while pregnant?
If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take Sudafed 12 Hour Pressure + Pain (naproxen and pseudoephedrine) if you are in the third trimester of pregnancy. You may also need to avoid Sudafed 12 Hour Pressure + Pain (naproxen and pseudoephedrine) at other times during pregnancy.
How do I get rid of a stuffy nose while pregnant?
Take a warm shower and linger in the steamy bathroom. Steam is soothing and temporarily relieves congestion. Soak a washcloth with hot water, hold it up to your face, and breathe. Try using saline nose drops or saline nasal spray three to four times a day to clear your nasal passages.
How can a pregnant woman get rid of a sinus infection?
People can try:
- using saline nasal irrigation or saline nose drops, which experts recommend as a suitable treatment.
- using a couple of extra pillows to elevate the head when lying down, which can reduce congestion.
- getting plenty of sleep to help the immune system fight the infection.
Can pregnant woman take Sudafed PE?
Benadryl, Claritin, Sudafed PE, Tylenol and Zyrtec are all safe, over-the-counter medications to relieve allergies while you’re pregnant.
What Nasal Spray Can I use while pregnant?
You can try an intranasal steroid spray like Nasonex® or Flonase®. These sprays are safe to use throughout pregnancy and the regular recommended dosage is still appropriate, Dr. Zanotti says.