Surprised to hear that - my GP said perfectly safe to take cetirizine throughout pregnancy! He said that the warning on them to check with GP if pregnant is because no one can do a systematic study of their effects in pregnancy, but that they've been around long enough that we'd definitely know by now if there were any issues. I'm allergic to dust mites so have to take cetirizine every day. No way I could have survived 9 months without them! That said, he did promote the nasal sprays as they work topically, so you could try those?
Just had a chat with my GP about this today. Apparently my surgery now tries to avoid prescribing antihistamines generally, preferring to suggest patients use topical relief instead. She relented when I pointed out that sneezing fits following a CS were likely to be less helpful than antihistamines.
Interestingly the pharmacist refused to discuss the safety of antihistamines with me either, referring me back to my midwife for advice. This is quite different from last time.
The nasal sprays worked well for me in pregnancy. Just be aware that virtually EVERYTHING says not safe in pregnancy but that just means it hasn't been through trials etc as it's unethical to test on pregnant women. Piriton is also fine (I took it for skin problems in pregnancy) although not recommended in the final trimester.
I think I remember when the GP looked it up in the BNF drug book they said that Piriton late in pregnancy could cause irritability in newborns? That's the only reason. This was 4 years ago though so maybe the guidance has changed.
NHS advice is actually to do things like eyedrops/ steroid nasal spray first as it's less likely to cross into the blood stream.
Personally, not that bothered about the tablets anyway as they don't seem to touch my symptoms so beconase being OK was a big relief and I managed my hayfever just fine with that alone this year.
OP- there is little to no research done on any medication in pregnancy, it just won't be approved for ethical reasons. But your GP needs to read the advice given by their employer.... And consider that pregnancy is bloody hard enough without snot, runny eyes, sneezing (and therefore probably leaking), fuggy head, nosebleeds (yep, mine made a recurrence this year) and everything else that goes with hayfever
I have been told to take the nasal spray and eye drops rather than tablets as they are localised and not as likely to cross the placenta. Working really well for me. Fingers crossed for you though. HF sucks!
I'm taking a child's dosage of piriton because my gp and midwife told me to only use nasal spray , nose balm etc and it was making me miserable! I was up all night sneezing and my stomach muscles were in constant pain so I made a decision of my own.
Was driving me insane yesterday!! The pollen count was so high. All I got prescribed from my doctors was a shitty nasal spray that does nothing!!.. luckily not too bad today but I'm dreading when it comes back 😩
I've been told I can have beconase and eye drops but no antihistamines. I explained that the hayfever always feels bad in my throats with a sore scratchy thoat all the time. Am constantly coughing as can get any relief in my throats from the scratchiness and throat sweets don't help at all