Table 1

Recommendations for Treatment of Asthma and Allergies in Pregnancy

Drugs preferred for use during pregnancy

Anti-inflammatory: cromolyn beclomethasone, prednisone

Bronchodilator: inhaled β2-adrenergic agonist, theophylline

Antihistamine: chlorpheniramine, tripelennamine

Decongestant: pseudoephedrine, oxymetazoline

Cough: guaifenesin, dextromethorphan

Antibiotic: amoxicillin

Drugs that generally should be avoided during pregnancy

α-Adrenergic compounds (other than pseudoephedrine)

Epinephrine (other than for anaphylaxis)


Sulfonamides (in late pregnancy)



Adapted from the NAEPP expert group report [21].

Pali-Schöll et al. World Allergy Organization Journal 2009 2:26-36   doi:10.1186/1939-4551-2-3-26

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