What decongestants are safe to take while pregnant?
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 happens if you take Sudafed while pregnant?
In every pregnancy, a woman starts out with a 3-5% chance of having a baby with a birth defect. This is called her background risk. Most studies have not found an increased chance for birth defects when pseudoephedrine is used during the first trimester.
What category is Sudafed for pregnancy?
Many health care providers recommend using medication that is considered a Category B drug, such as the decongestant Sudafed® or the antihistamine Claritin® when allergies strike. Category B drugs have been shown through animal testing to not harm an unborn baby when the mother takes the medication during pregnancy.
Can Sudafed cause birth defects?
Mothers were asked about medications they took while pregnant and in the two months before becoming pregnant. First-trimester use of phenylephrine, which is found in Sudafed among other products, was tied to an eight-fold higher risk of a heart defect called endocardial cushion defect.
Why is Sudafed bad during pregnancy?
However, they advise against the use of oral decongestants during the first trimester because of the potential increased risk of gastroschisis (an abdominal wall defect). Retrospective studies have shown an increased risk of gastroschisis with pseudoephedrine.
How much Sudafed can I take while pregnant?
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.
How quickly does Sudafed work?
Pseudoephedrine starts to work in 15 to 30 minutes, but you should feel a lot better after 30 to 60 minutes. How long can I take it for? Pseudoephedrine can be taken for a few days, usually up to 5 to 7 days, for the short-term relief of a stuffy or blocked nose.
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.
What is pregnancy Category C mean?
Category C. “Either studies in animals have revealed adverse effects on the fetus (teratogenic or embryocidal or other) and there are no controlled studies in women or studies in women and animals are not available. Drugs should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.”