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What kinds of asthma medications are safe to use in pregnancy?

About one-third of pregnant women with asthma experience improvement of the condition during pregnancy, one-third have worsening of asthma symptoms during pregnancy, and one-third stay the same, so asthma control and resulting asthma medication use during pregnancy should be closely monitored. It is generally accepted that the risk of uncontrolled asthma in pregnancy carries more of a risk to the mother and fetus than the use of any of the asthma medications. Therefore, any of the asthma medications can be used in pregnancy if thought to be appropriate by the health care professional. Of all the asthma medications, montelukast, zafirlukast, budesonide, cromolyn, and omalizumab have been best studied to be the safest in pregnancy.

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National Asthma Education and Prevention Program, Third Expert Panel on the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. "Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma." Aug. 2007.


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