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Can I Take A Nasal Decongestant While Breastfeeding
Perhaps: Dayquil contains Acetaminophen (tylenol), phenylephrine (decongestant) and dextramethorphan (cough suppressant). There should be no interaction with saline nasal sprays, steroid nasal sprays, antihistamine nasal sprays. There would be no real reason to use a decongestant nasal spray as this would be redundant, but unlikely to be harmful. ...Read more
Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more
OTC meds: There are many over-the-counter medications that can help relieve cold symptoms. Be careful that decongestants don't increase your blood pressure. Cough suppressants and mucolytics can help w/cough. Guaifenesin is commonly used. Acetaminophen & either Ibuprofen or Naproxen can be used to deal w/fever & aches. Avoid additional antihistamines eg Allegra, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & Claritin b/c already taking Zyrtec ...Read more
Can I take afrin (oxymetazoline) for my stuffy nose while taking Amoxcillin? Or will the Amoxcillin help me?
Nasal congestion: Amoxicillin is an antibiotic that may treat the bacterial infection. Afrin is a topical vasoconstrictor that decongests the nasal passage and allows effective drainage and air flow. You will need both but use Afrin only 3-4 times per day for 3 days at a time and discontinue it for at least 3 days before reusing it if needed. Keep the air you breath warm and humid to decongest your nose naturally. ...Read more
What can I take for a sinus cold while breastfeeding? I've been taking tylenol (acetaminophen) sinus and cold is it okay to take breastfeeding
May decrease milk: While it is safe to take that medication, just like it can dry up the mucous in your nose, it can dry up your milk production as well. I recommend local/topical treatment like a nasal spray such as afrin, humidity, nasal saline drops, or warm/steamy beverages such as teas. Also make sure to get plenty of fluids yourself - both to keep mucous thin and ensure your milk supply. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you use nasal spray such as affrin for congestion while breastfeeding? Can you drink Thera flu? Nursing a 6 week old..
Not recommended.: Aside from the fact that decongestant nose sprays can cause rebound congestion if used for more than 3 days in a row, the FDA assigns phenylephrine pregnancy category C; this means that there are no human or animal studies on this medication in pregnancy. Therefore the risk in pregnancy is unknown. As a rule, stick to meds that are proven to be safe in pregnancy unless advised by your doctor. ...Read more
Suggestions: Sudafed and afrin are safe decongestants, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and nasal steroids ok for allergy symptoms. Honey is a good cough suppressant. Oral steroids for severe allergy symptoms or oral narcotics for severe cough are ok. Best to clear any meds with OB or pediatrician. ...Read more
No Studies: It should be assumed some of it passes through breast milk but there are no studies that have been done. It also depends on the age of your infant. The younger the least medications you should take. Also consider that many cough and cold liquids contain alcohol and new guidelines for otc meds for kids have pulled them off the shelf for use in infants. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i take nyquil while pregnant (5 weeks)? If not what's ok to take for cold and sinus congestion?
It depends...: There are multiple forms of "mucus relief": pe, dm, chest, sinus, etc. Certainly you should check with your pediatrician or ob-gyn first before taking any medication while breast feeding or while being pregnant. However, as a general rule, most breastfeeding mothers may safely take guaifenesin-only products. Determine if your product contains aspartame, as this has been associated with headaches. ...Read more
Taking nasonax for 2 weeks for afrin (oxymetazoline) addictions. Will i still have a rebound affect if i stop nasonax. Is it safe to stop nasonax unlike oral steroid?
Nasonex (mometasone) is : A good way to get off afrin (oxymetazoline). No rebound effect. No, you don't need to taper it like oral steroids. Remember, never use afrin (oxymetazoline) for more than 2-3 days max or you will get that horrible rebound congestion. Good luck ! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: The safety of Mucinex (guaifenesin) is pregnancy is unknown. You should check with your OB on this. There are other medications and treatments for treatment of congestion while pregnant. For example, steam from a humidifier or hot shower or boiling water on the stove can help with the congestion. ...Read more
Just found out i'm pregnant, i take nasonex (mometasone) nasal spray for allergies, is it safe to take while pregnant?
Robitussin DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan).: Robitussin dm (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) has an expectorant (guaifenesin) which will help loosen any mucus trapped in the chest and a cough suppressant (dextromethorphan) to keep the coughing at bay. Both are ok during pregnancy and breastfeeding. ...Read more
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