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14 wks pregnent having severe nasal conjestion. use otrivin?

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Hi, Ian 14 weeks pregnent. Iam having severe nasal conjestion. Can I use otrivin (xylimetazoline hydrochloride) at this stage. Is it safe. This is my 1st pregnancy. Iam very concerned about baby. But being breathless is hard. Plz tell me wether it is safe now or any other medication ?

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replied June 26th, 2013
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You should avoid using self-medication since you are pregnant. If the nasal congestion is worrisome, you may use ‘saline nasal drops’ to relieve the congestion, or visit your doctor/gynecologist to request for the prescription of safe antihistamines that can be used during pregnancy for better relief. You may also consider taking supplements of Vit-C. Steam inhalation might also help. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet.
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