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Suitable asthma and allergy drugs during pregnancy

  • Published at 04:29 pm June 21st, 2013

During pregnancy, all drugs should be used with caution. During the first three months of pregnancy, it is better to avoid unnecessary drugs. For chronic diseases, certain drugs have been labelled safe to use throughout the period of pregnancy. In such situations, a doctor has to prescribe the suitable drug. 

Inhaled steroids

Triamcinolone: 2-4 puffs twice daily. Fluticasone  250mcg: 1-2 puffs twice daily. Beclomethasone: 2-5 puffs two-four times daily for asthma and/or 2 sprays in each nostril twice daily. 

Mometason and Triamcinolone nasal spray: 2 puffs at bed time to control allergic rhinitis. Cromolyn sodium: 2 puffs four times daily for asthma and/or 2 sprays in each nostril 2-4 times daily to control allergic rhinitis. Theophylline: Oral sustained-release preparations to reach serum concentrations of 8-12 ug/mL. 

Antihistamines

Chlorpheniramine 4mg: up to two to four times daily, or 8-12mg sustained release twice daily.

Tripelennamine 25-50mg: up to four times daily, or 100mg sustained release twice daily. 

Decongestants

Pseudoephedrine: 60mg up to four times daily or 120mg sustained release twice daily. Oxymetazoline: intranasal spray or drops up to 5 days for rhinosinusitis.

Cough Medications

Guaifenesin with or without dextromethorphan: 2 teaspoons four times daily.