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oxymetazoline hydrochloride for allergy nasal congestion

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Hi, I use "oxymetazoline hydrochloride frequently for severe allergy nasal congestion, I found out I am pregnant, what kind of problems can this cause my baby.

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replied July 31st, 2010
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Oxymetazoline or Otrivin should not be used in pregnancy like many other drugs that are contraindicated for use in pregnancy.
Stop using it, since it has vasoconstriction properties, blood circulation to the fetus may get affected. Discuss with a perinatologist about the effects it could have on the baby. The problems caused would also depend on the strength of the medicine used and the duration of the medication use. Get started on safer medications for your allergy control.
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