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September 1st, 2009, 09:16 AM
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I have a bad cold. My endo said not to take Sudafed, but that anything else should be ok (there is a warning on Sudafed to ask your doc if you have thyroid disease). I talked to the pharmacist and ended up getting Claritin (loratadine), which is considered safe to take while pregnant and has no thyroid warnings on the box. It seems to be helping a bit, but is causing my heart to race (the very reason my endo said not to take it). So, I won't be taking that anymore. What do you take when you have a cold? I went several days without taking anything but guaifenesin (cough expectorant - thins out the mucus) but am desperate for something to clear up my nose so I can actually sleep at night.
Rachel, mama to Luke (10/13/05), Ethan (6/24/07) & Liliana (1/1/10).
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September 1st, 2009, 02:58 PM
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Are you not taking sudafed because of the pg, because of your thyroid Rx, or just because of thyroid disease in general? I'm confused. I take sudafed all the time.
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September 3rd, 2009, 09:31 AM
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Sudafed is fine to take during pregnancy. But there is a warning on it that says to not take it if you have thyroid disease. My endo said not to take it because it can cause heart palpitations, which can be a problem with hyperthyroid - maybe it is not a problem for hypos?? Have you asked your endo about it? I've been dying without my Sudafed and cannot imagine going this cold/flu season without it! Claritin just did not work for me and it made my heart race, so looks like I'm stuck.

Also, I read somewhere about nasal decongestants interfering with your thyroid meds . . . not sure if it is just the ones with the thyroid warning or not. My endo did say that whatever I ended up taking, to take it far apart from my meds.
Rachel, mama to Luke (10/13/05), Ethan (6/24/07) & Liliana (1/1/10).

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September 3rd, 2009, 12:34 PM
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Hhmmm... I never was warned about taking any cold meds. I agree about not taking them close together though.
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September 3rd, 2009, 07:12 PM
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I always take Dayquil but I believe it is a lot like Sudafed!

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