It’s generally safe to take loratadine during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Is it safe for a pregnant woman to take loratadine?
Many allergy drugs may be fine to keep taking during pregnancy, but have the discussion so you can have peace of mind. Oral antihistamines, like cetirizine (Zyrtec), chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton), diphenhydramine (Benadryl), fexofenadine (Allegra), and loratadine (Claritin) seem to be safe.
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|
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. However, relatively small numbers of women taking loratadine have been studied and ongoing research is required to confirm this.
Is it OK to take Claritin while pregnant?
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.
Can I take an antihistamine while pregnant?
Newer antihistamines, such as cetirizine and loratadine, also may be safe. There also is a corticosteroid nasal spray that is safe to use during pregnancy. But one of the most common decongestants, pseudoephedrine, has been linked to a small risk of abdominal wall birth defects.
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).
How quickly does loratadine work?
Onset of action is within 1 hour and duration is at least 24 hours. Once-daily dosing is recommended. Generally, loratadine is as efficacious as existing antihistamines in relieving symptoms of allergic rhinitis, urticaria, and in suppressing wheal formation.
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.
Is prednisolone safe in pregnancy?
Taking an oral corticosteroid like prednisone or prednisolone long-term during pregnancy has been associated with an increased chance for preterm delivery (delivery before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and/or lower birth weight than expected.
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 a nursing mother take loratadine?
Loratadine or cetirizine are the antihistamine tablets recommended if you’re breastfeeding. They can have different brand names, so speak to your pharmacist for advice.
What meds are OK to take while pregnant?
Which Medications Are Safe During Pregnancy?
- Safe to take: Regular and extra-strength Tylenol (acetaminophen)
- Safe to take: Metamucil, Colace, Citracel, Milk of Magnesia, Dulcolax.
- Safe to take: Tums, Maalox, Mylanta, Pepcid.
- Safe to take: Penicillin.
- Safe to take: Monistat, Gynelotrimin.