Advil and Clariton?

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glwolf's picture
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Advil and Clariton?

I'm not pregnant yet but TTC and I was wondering if I should stop taking Advil an Clariton now or do I wait till I find out that I am? I don't want to do anything to harm the baby but i want to take the allergy meds I like so I don't get tired LOL
ETA I will stop taking them and switch to safer meds once i find out but should i just do that now?

yellow.rose.of.canada's picture
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I'm not sure about Claritin, but Advil is unsafe. I just read a new report by the FDA that Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs (like Aleve) can increase the risk of miscarriage. Usually in the 2WW I stick with Tylenol.

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"yellow.rose.of.canada" wrote:

I'm not sure about Claritin, but Advil is unsafe. I just read a new report by the FDA that Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs (like Aleve) can increase the risk of miscarriage. Usually in the 2WW I stick with Tylenol.

ok cool i'll skip them both then... not worth it. I use tylenol to get me through the rest of this cycle and then get a safer allergy med.

anyone know what is safe now adays other then benedryl?

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Went through some of this with my regular dr this week since I'm dealing with huge allergy and sinus issues right now. Benadryl, as well as Claratin, Zyrtec and Singulair are all "Class B" drugs, which means they are generally considered safe to take during pregnancy (see below). They aren't considered "zero" risk, and some ladies around here will tell you to stay away from them. For me, as a friend's dr said, "If you can't breathe, baby can't breathe." As the PP said, stay away from Ibuprofen (Advil) and other NSAIDs when TTC and when pg.

This is what Class B is described as:

B - No evidence of risk in humans-Adequate, well controlled studies in pregnant women have not shown increased risk of fetal abnormalities despite adverse findings in animals,
or
In the absence of adequate human studies, animal studies show no fetal risk. The chance of fetal harm is remote, but remains a possibility.

ETA - Watch out for anything that is also a "D" (Zyrtec D, etc.) They contain additional medications that may not be class B. Always best to check with your Dr. if you have a question. (I think you mentioned on another thread that you had an appt. the other day...did you get a chance to ask? You could always call the office and see what they tell you.)

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I went ahead and stopped Claritin once we were TTC. The doc said I didn't have to yet but I figured I'd might as well so I went ahead and switched to Zyrtec which he said should be okay. I take advil during AF and occasionally for a few days after since I'm on Clomid and things hurt. Haha. But I avoid advil around ovulation. I read an article that says advil can mess up ovulation sometimes and I don't know if it's true or not but I figured I wouldn't take the chance. So I just stop taking advil a few days after AF and definitely in the 2WW.

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