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“What remedies can I use for hayfever whilst pregnant? I am currently 21 weeks and suffering terribly. Thanks” Do you know any remedies for hayfever you can use when pregnant?

Posted by Jay, 26/04/13

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  • Hay fever is the worst while pregnant I stuggled to find anything that helped. You can’t even have eye drops. Hope you find some answers but there’s nothing on the market as far as I’m aware.


  • If i wanted to check the safety of a medication when pregnant or breastfeedings I would call the MotherSafe line. Contact Numbers Phone: 9382 6539 (Sydney Metropolitan Area) OR
    Phone: 1800 647 848 (Non-Metropolitan Area)


  • What did you end up using?


  • My doctor approved Zyrtec during my last 2 pregnancies and also during breastfeeding


  • My doc had me on polaramine.


  • Some are ok while others are not, I would definately get some advice from the chemist if not your doctor.


  • The chemist may help with something


  • How did you go with remedies? Did you find some?


  • I use claratyne for it now, I’m not pregnant. Probably a good idea to talk to your doc and see if there’s anything you can safely take, or do some research on some natural remedies. I know sometimes just having a shower can help me


  • I suffer from hay fever I take claratyne (sp) Visit your doctor to see what is appropriate for you


  • Hay fever is horrible! Stay inside lol


  • I hope you’re getting through it alright :) I suffer really bad hayfever now but never had it too bad when I was pregnant, I think its the area I’m living in now that sets it off


  • Hay fever increases when I was pregas! Not nice but I didn’t take anything


  • Good luck with your hayfever :-)


  • There are a variety of treatments for hayfever, but not all of them are suitable to take if you’re pregnant.

    Antihistamines are used by many hayfever sufferers. Modern antihistamines, such as loratidine (Claratyne) or cetirizine (Zyrtec), do not make you sleepy. This is an advantage over older treatments, such as dexchlorphenirimine (Polaramine), which do.

    However, manufacturers have not yet given these newer drugs the all-clear for pregnant women, so it’s best not to take them. The same is true for many decongestant drugs, unless your doctor has prescribed them.

    Older antihistamines, such as dexchlorphenirimine, should only be used with caution in pregnancy. The medicine may pass into breastmilk, so it’s also best not to take it if you are breastfeeding. Because of the sedative effect of these older antihistamines, you also need to take care when driving or operating machinery.

    Most antihistamine eye drops, and drops which constrict blood vessels in the eye such as Otrivine, are safe to use, but check this with your doctor or pharmacist before you use them. If you haven’t used them before, apply a small amount to start with, as some people are allergic to them.

    Your doctor may prescribe a steroid nasal spray if you have a stuffy nose. This is usually more effective than an antihistamine. As long as you stick to the recommended dose, it is very unlikely that you would absorb enough to cause problems for you or your baby.

    Steroid nasal sprays are also the best choice of treatment if you are breastfeeding, as the amount of drug that passes into breastmilk is so tiny. Sprays are generally better than drops, because less of the medication is absorbed into your body and there is a lower risk of side effects.

    Finally, you could use a drug to suppress your symptoms. This drug is called sodium cromoglicate. It is sold over the counter in the form of eye drops (Opticrom), or a nasal spray or drops (Rynacrom). These products have to be used several times a day to be effective. They do not contain steroids and are thought to be safe in pregnancy. However, there are no formal studies to confirm their safety, so they should be used with caution.

    Your pharmacist can tell you what is safe to take. You can arrange with your GP to obtain whatever works best for you on repeat prescription.


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