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Pregnant. Have blocked nose. Will it be safe to use otrivin nasal spray?

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Posted on Mon, 11 Feb 2013 in Pregnancy
Question: hi dear doctor i am 8 weeks pregnant and i have trouble with my block nose.i used otrivine nasal spray i want to know is that safe if i use it just for 3 days?many thanks
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Answered by Dr. Sree Gouri SR 5 hours later
Hi,
Thanks for the query.

Otrivine nasal drops contains Xylometazoline hydrochloride as active ingredient.
The safety of this medicine is not well established in pregnancy till now.
It belongs to category C drug in pregnancy. Means animal studies showed some adverse effects but human studies are lacking.
Anyhow as you used only for 3 days there may not be any serious effects on the baby. Followup with regular antenatal checkups and ultrasound examinations are enough.
For more details regarding cold and cough in pregnancy:
http://srsree.blogspot.in/2012/05/cough-in-pregnancy.html

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