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Pregnancy and hay fever

Hi - I'm currently pregnant (13+5 weeks) and I suffer from hayfever. I need to take medication as when my hay fever is bad it affects my asthma. I usually take zyrtek and beconase (nasal spray). Is this safe to take when pregnant? Many thanks Jackie

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According to manufacturer’s literature of Zirtek, it is recommended that caution should be exercised when prescribing it in pregnancy as there is limited safety data and no controlled studies have been carried out in pregnant women.

As with Beconase spray, there is inadequate evidence of safety in human pregnancy. The manufacturer advises that the use of Beconase should be avoided during pregnancy unless thought essential by the doctor.

Remedies that have been known to help with hay fever symptoms in pregnancy include:


  • Eating honey: It’s thought that having a teaspoon each day can help your body build a natural defence against pollen.
  • Sterimar congestion relief - a natural solution created for those suffering from nasal symptoms.. To be used while symptoms last, 2 to 6 times a day for a maximum duration of 2 weeks at a time, or as directed by your doctor. This can be found at your local chemist.
  • Inhaling the steam from a bowl of hot water with a small amount of dissolved Vicks.
  • Paracetamol tablets – 1 or 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours, not exceeding 8 tablets per day, this may help with any aches or pains associated with your symptoms.

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