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Friday, January 06, 2006

Is Zyrtec safe in pregnancy?

Hi,

My husband and I would like to have another child. However, Iwas diagnosed about 7 months ago with chronic uticaria (hives) and angioedema (severe swelling). I am currently on zyrtec, an allergy medication. Would this medicine and disease harm a fetus? Is there an alternative medication that is safer?

Thank you so much,
Michelle

Dear Michelle,

There is currently no evidence that Zyrtec is harmful in pregnancy, but we have very little experience with it. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends using other antihistamines instead.

Before getting pregnant, you should talk with your allergy doctor and with an obstetrician about which antihistamine is safest for you and your baby. You can then switch to the new antihistamine before getting pregnant.

Sincerely,
Amy

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