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Otrivine during pregnancy

AnyaAnya
posted 9 years 6 months ago
Hi

I have just done a pregnancy test ad it shows positive. I am very happy but at the same time very concerned. The problem is that I am having a cold at the moment and have been using Otrivine nasal spray for about 4 days. Today I read on internet that it should not be used during pregnancy, especially early stages. Has anyone used it during pregnancy as well and was everything ok, or should I be really concerned?

Thank you


MsRussellBMsRussellB
posted 9 years 6 months ago
I would say your best bet would be to ask your pharmacist for advice, and of course, stop using it now. If they cannot help, phone your doc for some advice.

Sometimes things are not recommended in pregnancy due to lack of any research into the effects it could have, not because of any proven potential probs.

Hug

MsRussellBMsRussellB
posted 9 years 6 months ago
You may find this helpful -

Is it safe to use Otrivine nasal sprays in pregnancy?

Xylometazoline (Otrivine) is a sympathomimetic drug that is used as a decongestant. These drugs are often used for relief of congestion caused by a cold. Unfortunately, such a drug is of limited value. Though it does give short-term relief of congestion, it then causes a worsening of symptoms as its effect wears off, often leading to further use of the drug and the setting up of a vicious cycle. Such a drug should only be used for a maximum of seven days. There is evidence that ephedrine (also a sympathomimetic) may cause an increase in the baby's heartrate when used during pregnancy. In fact there is no evidence that using xylometazoline nasal spray is harmful, but it's not possible to say categorically that its use is safe. If you feel you can avoid the use of xylometazoline, then it's probably best to do so. If not, use the minimum that you can, e.g. just at night for a few nights, until the worst of your symptoms are settling. It's worth bearing in mind that the effects of pregnancy hormones tend to make you more prone than usual to nasal congestion. If your symptoms are severe and do not begin to resolve, and you feel unwell, it's worth arranging to see your GP to ensure that you do not have an infection that might need antibiotic treatment.

AnyaAnya
posted 9 years 6 months ago
Thank you for all your comments! MsRussellB, the text is very helpful, it made me less worried about it. I stopped using Otrivine now to be on the safe side.

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