Post # 1
Just wanted to share something I learned the other day. Since Darling Husband and I are TTC-ing, and I’m on allergy meds year-round (thank you indoor/outdoor allergies), I emailed my allergist to see what she recommends. Apparently Allegra and Patanase (a nasal spray) are both “Class C” medications. She recommended that I change to Zyrtec and Rhinocort, which are both Class B medications.
The only reason I thought to ask was because I was thinking about switching to Zyrtec anyway because the Walgreen’s OTC version is so much cheaper than it’s Allegra version. I didn’t even think they would be in different drug classes since they are now both OTC meds.
Anyone else run into situations like that with their drug of choice?
Post # 3
I’m allergic to our cat (and various other things), so I was worried about this too. I normally take 2 Benadryll a day (sometimes 4), and my doctor said that was ok, but was not terribly enthusiastic about it. The good news is, it turns out your allergies can change with pregnancy–mine have actually gone (mostly) away! I’m at 18 weeks, and haven’t had to take any Benadryll in a few weeks. (Of course, now I’ve just jinxed myself by saying that 🙂 )
Anyway, sorry, I have no real advice for you, but I just wanted to let you know that there’s a chance your allergies might actually improve with pregnancy. Who knew? Good luck!
Post # 4
Not sure…. but a tip I can give is one my doc gave me, reguarding zyrtec…..half it, and see if it still works. That way you are only taking half a day. For me half of one still worked just as good and I have to buy half as much….good luck!!
Post # 5
@teamajax13: Never thought about cutting it in half – maybe I’ll give that a try once we’re expecting.
@WeeBirdy: I’ve heard allergies can go away too – here’s hoping I get that side-effect AND it becomes permanent!
Post # 6
My allergies have actually mostly gone away during pregnancy, and I haven’t taken any meds since getting my “+” in April. I have been using my Neti Rinse system on days that things act up a little and find that is enough 🙂 I’m so glad because I didn’t want to have to take anything I didn’t really need, even if the Dr says it’s ok. Hopefully you’ll be able to do the same!
Post # 7
Two words for you…Neti Pot!!! I use it daily for my spring and fall allergies and it works wonders!!!!
Post # 8
@Jenn23: I gave the neti pot a try and it was not for me. I think I ended up with water in my brain
I can handle the sneezing and stuffy nose, but I also get itchy – that has to be the worst allergy symptom. When I had my allergy testing re-done last fall/winter, I itched non-stop for the 4 days leading up to my test when I had to be off my allergy meds. Whenever Darling Husband would give an affectionate scratch to my back, I’d arch like a cat and ask him to keep going – ridiculous!