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Sudafed During Pregnancy

Can you take Sudafed during pregnancy? The drug also known as pseudoephedrine. 

Taking medications during pregnancy can harm the baby. It’s important before taking any type of medication while pregnant to consult with your doctor. 

Sudafed also known as Pseudoephedrine during pregnancy has been found generally safe for pregnant women along with Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Diphenhydramine (Benadryl).

Is Sudafed Safe During Early Pregnancy

The decongestant should be avoided in the first trimester. The reason why many physicians don’t recommend using the decongestant is due to the fetus growth and the harmful effects it can have on the baby.

  The risk of physical malformation is at the highest in the first trimester when the baby physical developments is happening so rapidly. For pregnant women with lower blood pressure levels is not recommended to take Sudafed during pregnancy at any trimester.

What Is The Recommended Dosage of Sudafed During Pregnancy

Sudafed normal dosage is 30mg to 60mg, take it once every four to six hours. 

 It’s highly recommended to speak with your doctor to determine the right dosage to take during pregnancy. They doctor will be able to tell you how much and when it's safe to take. 

Risk of Taking Sudafed In Pregnancy

There are some risks of taking Sudafed in pregnancy.

  • Fetal Malformation: They occur during the pregnancy itself are caused by issues in the early pregnancy around first trimester.
  • Risk of Gastroschisis: Are serious congenital anomalies that may require surgery.

Sudafed VS Sudafed PE During Pregnancy

Sudafed and Sudafed PE are both use for the common cold, flue, congestion, and nasal congestion.  The active ingredient in Sudafed PE is phenylephrine. 

The FDA has placed the decongestant in pregnancy category C.  Due to lack of evidence regarding potential effects during your pregnancy it’s advisable to speak with a doctor.

Sudafed While Breastfeeding

The small amounts of Sudafed found while breastfeeding are unlikely to harm the baby.  The effect it can cause is a bit of irritability. Another side effect  it decreases the  milk production.

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