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can I take Piriton whilst pregnant?????

(48 Posts)
trinityrhino Sat 10-Jun-06 10:02:46

really suffering with my hayfever, heard vaguely that piriton might be ok to take, anyone know???

kalex Sat 10-Jun-06 10:08:55

I wouldn't, but did get homepathic stuff from Boots and it took the edge of the worst of it.

trinityrhino Sat 10-Jun-06 10:10:55

ok thanks kalex

moondog Sat 10-Jun-06 10:15:14

Don't risk any drugs in pregnancy (apart from occasional paracetomol)

Jasnem Sat 10-Jun-06 10:15:49

I was told not to when pg this time last year, too. How about when bf? Does anyone know? Or should I try the homeopathic stuff, too.

lanismum Sat 10-Jun-06 10:29:00

i was told not to by my dr when i was pregnant, he didnt offer an alternative.

MerlinsBeard Sat 10-Jun-06 10:36:10

no u can't when pg or bf

for an alternative try locally made honey or boots homeopathic remedy

OldieMum Sat 10-Jun-06 10:52:12

Same advice given to me last month - take nothing. But you could try putting your head over a steaming bowl of water (this is what my MW recommended).

KathrynWales Sat 10-Jun-06 11:54:29

I was prescribed piriton by my consultant obstetrician (who I guess knows what he's on about!) for itching / ? obstetric choloastasis. Was allowed up to 4mg 4xday but tried to only take them as required... usually 1-2 times a day. No ill effects for me or baby.

trinityrhino Sat 10-Jun-06 12:31:29

I am absolutely desperate to take something so I rang the labour ward and they asked a doctor to talk to me and he told me that piriton is completely fine to take during pregnancy

TuttiFrutti Sat 10-Jun-06 13:59:07

Interesting how hospital doctors seem to be a lot more relaxed (maybe because more knowledgeable?) than GPs and medical staff outside hospitals.

I desperately wanted piriton in my last pregnancy, and my GP refused to prescribe it despite me begging her in tears and saying I had had 5 nights with no sleep because of the itching. I got myself admitted to hospital and the hospital doctors prescribed it immediately. They said there was a tiny statistical risk of it affecting the unborn child, but that it was a balancing act and I was in such pain that alleviating that had to be a high priority.

TuttiFrutti Sat 10-Jun-06 14:02:00

Forgot to say: they said it was a myth that it can't be used when breastfeeding. I carried on taking piriton for a few days after the birth, breastfed and the doctors were quite happy with this.

Apparently piriton has been around for about 40-50 years so any adverse effects are quite well documented.

Olihan Sat 10-Jun-06 14:02:55

I was also prescribed piriton by a consultant and then a gp for a weird itchy rash on my bump. I was about 32 weeks I think by then so perhaps it depends how far along you are.

I would be very wary of taking any homeopathic remedies without talking to a homeopath first because some of them can be as damaging as ordinary drugs.

londonthea Tue 31-Jul-07 11:50:13

My obstetrician recommended I take Piriton for my occasional insomnia rather than allergies and assured me it was completely safe.

Pricey73 Thu 12-Jun-08 13:37:18

It really winds me up how doctors can force pregnant women to endure the misery of hayfever against all official medical advice.
They carried out a study of over 200,000 women who took antihistamines and came out firmly on the side that there is no danger of increased risk of foetal toxicity for Piriton.

My chemist wouldn't sell it to me, even though it wasn't on the list of antihistamines to avoid (go figure!!) so I asked a colleague at work to buy it instead.

EleanoraBuntingCupcake Thu 12-Jun-08 13:39:04

have you tried the nasal sprays and eye drops?

cc21 Thu 12-Jun-08 13:41:29

Have just had same dilemma. Dr has prescribed eye drops & a nasal spray - both appear to be working better than regular antihistamines at the moment - brilliant!!!

expatinscotland Thu 12-Jun-08 13:41:49

it's fine in pregnancy!

what a load of British stiff upper lip bullshit that it is not.

hayfever can make some people very, very ill and it cannot be good for the baby when a mother doesn't sleep and can't breathe properly.

SammyBags Thu 12-Jun-08 13:44:01

I think doctors might be worried after that antihistamine scare a few years back. When they discovered a link between one of the best used brands (came in blue packet by Glazo) and grapefruit juice. I can understand why they might be worried about giving it to us.
i've had a wheezy chest and have been using an inhaler - which is apparently okay.
i might try that balm that you put just inside your nose and is supposed to trap pollen. Has anyone tried that?

expatinscotland Thu 12-Jun-08 13:45:46

you wouldn't tell an asthmatic not to use medication to control attacks because they are pregnant, or a diabetic to stop taking their meds, after all.

plenty of women have to take antibiotics during pregnancy, or even have surgery or undergo chemotherapy.

EleanoraBuntingCupcake Thu 12-Jun-08 13:52:12

i agree with cc21, i started using just spray and eyedrops when pregnant and discovered they work better. i think the whole piriton hayfever things is a big con.

TheProvincialLady Thu 12-Jun-08 13:53:38

My GP told me that I can take paracetamol and piriton during pregnany if necessary (not sure why, I don't have hayfever and have never had an allergic reaction in my life!) - so yes, you can take it.

Twelvelegs Thu 12-Jun-08 13:54:51

I spent 10 minutes with my GP going through the latest advice and it's a resounding NO! I have beconase and felt this would be okay as my hayfever is usually worse in June and so no long term use.

expatinscotland Thu 12-Jun-08 13:57:24

pregnant women are even given co-cocodamol whilst pregnant, or breastfeeding women.

plenty of women drink alcohol whilst pregnant.

but somehow, piriton is akin to crack.


Pinchypants Thu 12-Jun-08 14:03:00

I've been told to avoid newer antihistamines but that in extremis Piriton is OK precisely because it's been around so long that that any dodgy side effects would have shown up by now. And I'm sure one pill is better than all those histamines rushing round the body causing merry hell when I've got very bad hayfever or an allergic reaction to something.

Twelvelegs Thu 12-Jun-08 14:51:25

Expat, my GP said crack was fine wink

mummy2bsoon Thu 12-Jun-08 14:56:17

i jus rang labour ward, as my hayfever is bad, cnt breath, itchy eye and throat, everything..so se di cn take piriton, and my baby hasd problems, she sed its safe to take

im off to buy sum drugs soooooooooooon

LeonieD Thu 12-Jun-08 16:29:00

Piriton is fine, i had it during my first pregnancy for the PUPPP itching / severe hives.

I take dihydrocodeine / co-dydramol and baclofen on presscription as well as a small dose of clonazepam. So i totally don't get why doctors are acting like piriton is crack :/

hanaflower Thu 12-Jun-08 16:30:25

I have been prescribed Piriton for hayfever, and I am 17 weeks pg. The latest BNF says it's fine (GP looked).

hanaflower Thu 12-Jun-08 16:32:00

I think the nasal sprays are not recommended, but eyedrops are fine.

kitkat9 Thu 12-Jun-08 16:39:21

I'm in the USA, and have been quite surprised at what they 'allow' you to take here. For instance, Benadryl (antihistamine) is allowed, as is sudafed - I'm not sure though if the ingredients differ over here to those in the UK though, so please don't go and take them without checking! I'm also recommended an over-the-counter anti-sickness medicine called Unisom, which is actually, I believe, a sleep aid. I was given a list of 'safe' drugs to take throughout pregnancy, couldn't believe it when I saw Benadryl, it was a pleasant surprise..

FWIW, I have taken, in previous pregnancies, co-codamol, and anti-histamines, at my midwife's say-so. I also found saline nasal sprays quite helpful, and I'm pretty sure you can get eye drops which are safe too.

Check out this: website - it is American but can be quite useful at times.

Tallyditter Thu 12-Jun-08 16:40:09

Go and ask your doctor.

Chaotica Thu 12-Jun-08 16:43:46

You can take it (I was prescribed it by consultant obstetrician as well for horrific case of PEP (pregnancy rash).) You mustn't take the non-drowsy version (which is more common) though as that can't be take in pregnancy.

newbishad Thu 12-Jun-08 19:57:14


I was prescribed Piriton in pregnancy to help with insomnia and took occasional tablets at night (4mgs). Now have a 2 week old daughter who is absolutely fine!

Have been told by doctor also oaky for bf

Good luck.

fledtoscotland Thu 12-Jun-08 20:08:38

i have taken piriton with both my pregnancies with no ill effects. it was prescribed both times

claireeem Fri 02-Oct-09 14:09:54

yes you can take piriton when pregnant. I am pregnant and suffer with chronic hives and i take a piriton everyday sometimes more if needed. Piriton is the safest anti-histamine to take if you have to take one. I seen a skin specialist and he says that thousands of pregnant women have to take piriton through their whole pregnancy and there has never been any case of anything happening to the baby. Hope this helps

Mcknat Tue 09-Mar-10 12:39:54

i am suffering big time today been allergic to absolutely everything since the birth of my 2nd child 4 yrs ago - doctor prescribed me with flixonase last time.. but can't get an appointment - dashing to boots nw.. really need summink to take the edge of - serves me right for having a cleaning/ dusting session first day of my maternity!!! intersting about the takes on piritin though - my GP said to avoid antihistamines, but flixonase was ok as long as not taken too much i.e. every other instead of everyday.. because the steroids were very low.
gota dash sneezing like mad!

LoopyLou34 Mon 21-Jun-10 16:52:13

I have just been to the doctors as my hayfever is really really bad, she has prescribed me Piriton which she has said is perfectly safe in pregnancy.
She did recommend only taking twice a day instead of the usual 3 times a day dose.
She said the only downside is it can make you drowsy, I doubt I can feel any more drowsy than I already do
She also said it can help to lesson the morning sickness feeling so happy days!!

moominmarvellous Mon 21-Jun-10 17:19:53

I am over the moon to have discovered this thread! I've been taking the homeopathic hayfever tablets from Boots, but they are useless, for me anyway.

I am going to call my GP and double check that I can go back to taking Piriton and actually get a little relief!

Thanks all!

withorwithoutyou Mon 21-Jun-10 17:24:24

Be wary of other anti histamines though. I know someone who was prescribed something for a facial swelling when pregnant and it resulted in a still birth.

Please don't aske me the details/anti histamine name or quiz me on it as I really don't know all the facts. She was a work colleague and it came up once in a discussion about grief.

But it's always stuck in my mind.

Funkycherry Mon 21-Jun-10 17:32:59

I've been told I can take Piriton but not Piriteeze.
As someone else said, its the newer non-drowsey ones that need to be avoided.

Have you tried calling NHS Direct?

PinkElephant73 Mon 21-Jun-10 18:40:28

NHS Direct website says nasal corticosteroid sprays are fine in pregnancy, and

"If you can’t use nasal corticosteroid sprays and drops, or if they don’t work for you, your GP may recommend antihistamine tablets called loratidine. Loratidine is the main antihistamine for hay fever during pregnancy.

Chlorphenamine (another oral antihistamine) is also considered safe to take during pregnancy. However, chlorphenamine can cause side effects, such as drowsiness. If you become drowsy after taking chlorphenamine, don't drive or operate machinery.

If you can’t take loratidine or chlorphenamine, your GP may recommend another oral antihistamine called cetirizine. This is considered safe to use in pregnancy."


maybe worth printing this off and taking to GP, mine didnt have a clue and was leafing through her drugs bible when I asked her.

dappymoo Mon 21-Jun-10 19:33:42

I have been prescribed piriton and try to only take one a day, but without it am wheezy, coughy and can't sleep! I don't see why my doctor would give it to me if it wasn't pretty safe.
But then I guess it's personal choice, much like alcohol, cheeses etc...

BikeRunSki Mon 21-Jun-10 19:40:04

No, but have you tried Haymax ? Started using it when I was pg, and have carried on - drug free - for the two summers since.

herbalmum Fri 01-Oct-10 21:24:02

Has anyone found piriton to be effective for itching in cholestasis? I have been prescribed 8mg to take at night to reduce itching and help me sleep, but since the itching is caused by bile acids under the skin rather than by a histamine reaction, I'm wondering whether or not I should bother.

japhrimel Sat 02-Oct-10 16:23:45

I haven't got an OC diagnosis yet (waiting on tests) but have been prescribed Piriton to help me cope in the meantime. It doesn't do much/anything for the itching - which I expected having read that it wouldn't on the OC Support site - but it does make me so drowsy that I can sleep through the itching. Without it, I get no sleep and then struggle to stay calm and not scratch.

ro5es Tue 23-Nov-10 15:07:54

DO NOT advise loratidine, this is mediaclly proven to harm the unborn child, it clearly states this in the BNF . loratidine is the worst to advise.

check this with any health care professional.

Sorry to contradict advice but I sought expert advice when I had very itchy asthma in week 16 and was told that I could take clarityn (loratidine) as long as I was past first 12 weeks which is when the nervous system is developing. This is also the most up to date nhs advice. Sometimes taking it for a few nights means you don't scratch which allows symptoms to subside a bit so then you don;t need it so much after that.
I am not a doctor so don't take my advice as if I were, but I did stress about this a lot and I rang some of the top medics in this area saying I was researching it for a newspaper (because I was desperate) and that is the info I got.

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