Non sedating antihistamine safe in pregnancy

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This factsheet has been written for members of the public by the UK Teratology Information Service (UKTIS).

The only study on the related antihistamine terfenadine also found no increase in the rate of miscarriage.

One study has investigated the risk of miscarriage in a group of pregnant women who were taking any antihistamine. Because miscarriage rates have been studied in very few women specifically taking fexofenadine during early pregnancy, more research into this subject is required.

Sometimes this may have beneficial effects for the baby.

There are, however, some medicines that can harm a baby’s normal development.

If you are on regular medication you should discuss these effects with your doctor/health care team before becoming pregnant.

But now you're pregnant, you may need to use a treatment that's different from the ones you've relied on in the past.

Check with your GP or pharmacist before taking hayfever medication.

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