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Are asthma medicines safe to take while pregnant?

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Experts believe that fast-acting inhalers and inhaled corticosteroids are safe to take when you’re pregnant. These medicines go right into your lungs. Very little is absorbed into your bloodstream where it could reach your baby.

Doctors often don’t prescribe asthma pills and liquids taken by mouth for pregnant women unless nothing else works. If this is the case, your doctor should prescribe an older drug that’s been well-studied and shown to cause little risk to your baby. You’ll want to avoid taking any new medicines whose long-term effects aren’t known yet.

SOURCES:

March of Dimes: “Asthma During Pregnancy.”

MotherToBaby.org: “Fact Sheet: Asthma.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Asthma and pregnancy (Beyond the Basics.)”

Mayo Clinic: “Pregnancy and Asthma: Managing Your Symptoms.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Asthma and Pregnancy.”

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: “Asthma, Allergies, and Pregnancy.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Pregnancy and Asthma.”

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital: “Asthma and Pregnancy (Effects on the Mother and Baby.)”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 5, 2017

SOURCES:

March of Dimes: “Asthma During Pregnancy.”

MotherToBaby.org: “Fact Sheet: Asthma.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Asthma and pregnancy (Beyond the Basics.)”

Mayo Clinic: “Pregnancy and Asthma: Managing Your Symptoms.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Asthma and Pregnancy.”

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: “Asthma, Allergies, and Pregnancy.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Pregnancy and Asthma.”

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital: “Asthma and Pregnancy (Effects on the Mother and Baby.)”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 5, 2017

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