Post # 1
So my family doctor prescribed me Flonase for sinuses because I suffer from allergies and rhinitis. He told me it was safe to use while pregnant. So I thought nothing of it until I decided to google it. Well that was a bad idea because i learned that it’s a class C drug. And reading message boards women either used it while pregnant and everything was fine or women totally swear against it. But now I’m freaking out and being Saturday evening I can’t call my maternity clinic!!
Post # 3
I wouldn’t take it. From what I understand it is a drug that has shown to have adverse effects on animals but no studies have been done on humans so it is a ‘take if the benefits outweigh the risks” type of drug. I would try and live with the allergies and rhinitis until you can go back to your doctor Monday and get something different. To me the risks of harming your baby would outweigh the benefit of feeling better this weekend, sorry! Do you have a telehealth number you can call fo rmore information? We have one in Ontario but I’m not sure about Alberta, they might be able to help you.
Post # 4
@calgarymommy2b: Here’s your telehealth number I think 1-866-408-5465. I found it on this website http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/parents.asp
Post # 5
Have you considered using a neti pot or another nasal irrigation device to wash your sinuses? You can use plain warm water or a saline solution. I have a special squirt bottle Amadeus by Neil Med that comes with some saline packets. I know you can order it off Amazon if you can’t find it at the drug store.
I have horrible allergies and this makes a huge difference. I hate the idea of using a steroid nasal spray all the time.
Post # 6
thanks for the advice ladies. I ended up speaking with my pharmacist who helped calm me down. While there has been no testing on humans he also said that there have been no reported cases of it leading to birth defects. He also said that the literature states that if a woman used its before pregnancy then it would be ok for them to continue using it when pregnant. He recommended using it only when desperate and nothing else works. So I feel confident that our peanut is ok but I’ve also decided to stop using it and trying a nasal rinse instead. Thanks again for the advice and suggestions.