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What are safe over-the-counter allergy medications to take during pregnancy?

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These over-the-counter allergy meds have no known harmful effects during pregnancy when you take them according to the package directions.

Check with your doctor before taking any medicines during your pregnancy. Be especially cautious in the first trimester, a crucial time for your baby's development.

  • Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
  • Claritin (loratadine)
  • Zyrtec (cetirizine)

SOURCES:

CDC: "Medications and Pregnancy."

Womenshealth.gov: Pregnancy and medicines fact sheet.

American Family Physician: "Over-the-Counter Medications in Pregnancy."

Cleveland Clinic: "Medication Guidelines During Pregnancy."

RxList web site.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on June 05, 2016

SOURCES:

CDC: "Medications and Pregnancy."

Womenshealth.gov: Pregnancy and medicines fact sheet.

American Family Physician: "Over-the-Counter Medications in Pregnancy."

Cleveland Clinic: "Medication Guidelines During Pregnancy."

RxList web site.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on June 05, 2016

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