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Can i take allergy medications while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faustanswered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Most over-the-counter and prescription allergy medications are considered safe for nursing mothers to take, but they range from "safest" to "safer" to "moderately safe." regardless, the longer you nurse your little wonder, the lower their likelihood of inheriting your allergies. Just one more benefit of nursing!
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: The common short acting antihistamines will often produce a decrease in milk volume so many suggest they be avoided. Many moms can work around this issue by useing longer acting products without this effect. Steroid nasal sprays are unlikely to have any effect on the milk or baby and may give you some relief.
Dr. Hary Katz
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 22 years experience
Yes: Most allergy medications are considered safe. Nasal sprays (saline and nasal corticosteroids) are preferred. Regarding oral antihistamines, longer-acting/less-sedating oral antihistamines (i.e. Claritin) are preferred over short-acting/sedating antihistamines (i.e. Benadryl) due to less potential to sedate the baby. Long-term use of Pseudoephedrine has the potential to decrease mom's milk supply.
Dr. Brian Novick
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Of course, you should check with your OB and Peds to review your specific circumstances
Jan 2, 2012
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: The typical over-the-counter or prescription allergy medicines are ok to take while breastfeeding. Many of these drugs are approved for use in children themselves, if 2 years or older. Examples include: oral allegra, claritin, singulair, & zyrtec, and nasal sprays nasacort aq, nasonex, & veramyst. Pediatricians also use plain Benadryl (diphenhydramine) syrup, for toddlers down to age 1 year.
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Depends...: On the medicine. You should read the package insert of any drug while breastfeeding and pay attention to the fda classification for it's safety during breastfeeding.
Dr. Chethan Sarabu
Dr. Chethan Sarabuanswered
Pediatrics 10 years experience
Yes, Use LactMed: First of all formula feeding puts your child at an increased risk for infections, allergies, and chronic illness later in life including diabetes. So it is not just that breastfeeding is beneficial but rather that formula feeding is actually more harmful. (stuebe and schwarz 09) so the risk from a drug is usually minor compared to not breastfeeding. That being said, lactmed is a great resource.
Dr. Jennifer Thomas
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Yes, no "D": Most medications are compatible with breastfeeding. We need to consider the effect on the baby, the effect on you and the effect on the milk supply. The antihistamines have long been considered compatible with breastfeeding. The only caveat is the effect on the milk supply. The "d" in some preparations (like zyrtec (cetirizine) d) is pseudoephedrine, which decreases milk supply.

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