Problem -- I've been addicted to Otrivin (nasal spray) for years. Since learning I was pregnant two weeks ago, I've stopped using it during the day entirely, however at night, once I lie down, my sinuses get so clogged up I can't breathe at all and thus I can't sleep.
I've been using the tiniest bit in one nostril just to allow a breathing space, but I want to stop that, too -- I've done all the research and I know that not enough studies have been done to rule out risk to the fetus.
Please help. I've tried saline sprays, and they do absolutely nothing. Is there anything else that can help me through thiss transition?
Don't know if I can offer any solutions however just wanted to tell you I've been using Otrivin for over 10 years (unfortunately) every day. I am 45 years old and had a baby at 43......he is perfect! But as you say, who knows the ramifications of use but maybe try not to worry too much about it....by all means try to ween off it but a positive attitude while pregnant goes a long way. Best of luck.
I'm a 24 weeks pregnant and I have the same problem specially at night, I've been using Otrivin/Afrin for a long time.
After I knew i'm pregnant I tried to use saline but as u said it's useless..
Now I'm using Otrivin for kids and it works..
All the best..
Have u delivered now or how far r u yet wid ur
pregNancy,wantd to ask this to knw if it was
ok usin otrivin then???m askin this cuz m
facin the same trouble , it's irksome n docs
to say it is not known of it's effects. Plz tell
abt ur personal experience ...thnx
I didn't know about Otrivin, but just before having my 2nd child I had the worst case of flu, so doctor gave me Otrivin and antibiotic, I just felt I found the best thing in life!. Now I use it everytime I'm stuffed, now I'm just 5 weeks pregnant for the thrid time and I was trying to find out if it's ok to have it since I'm having again nose problems, however I did use it already 3 times , and now concernes since I'm reading to try to avoid it in the first trimester ...