If I use a steroid inhaler for my asthma, is it dangerous to nurse my baby?

No. Using a steroid inhaler is not a reason to stop nursing a healthy baby. The known benefits of breast milk far outweigh any theoretical risks from the medication. You absorb only a small amount of the steroid from your inhaler into your bloodstream. Only a tiny amount of that small amount would make it into breast milk - perhaps not even a detectable amount at all.
This is Safe. 5, 000 people die from asthma attacks yearly. 500, 000 are hospitalized for asthma exacerbations. Virtually no inhaled corticosteroid is passed through breast milk. And more importantly, it is safer for you to have your asthma under good control to safely nurse your baby than to have an asthma exacerbation which could hurt both you and the child. Keep using your medication.
No. There is no significant amount of the corticosteroid carried into breast milk.
No. There are no reports of adverse reactions in breastfed infants whose mothers use inhaled corticosteroids for asthma or allergic rhinitis. Using inhaled corticosteroids decreases the likelihood of needing oral or systemic corticosteroids like Prednisone that could enter the breast milk in measurable amounts. Lastly, infants are given inhaled corticosteroids directly & safely for their own wheezing.
No. Inhaled steroids generally have limited entry into the bloodstream, since they act locally in the lung tissue. However, most inhaled steroids are listed as category c medications, meaning their effect on a growing baby is unknown. It is best to discuss the risks and benefits of these medications with your obstetrician.
NO. The amount of steroid that is present in the body after inhalation is very little, and there may not be any amount in the breast milk. However, large doses of inhaled steroids can be equivalent to oral steroid doses. But at the recommended doses there is very little, in trace amounts of active steroid left in the body.
No. No, using the inhaler to keep your asthma under control is important and will not harm the baby. You should always tell your doctor that you are nursing before taking any medication, though. They can let you know whether or not the medicine is safe to use while nursing.
Possibly. Inhaled budesonide, a category b inhaled steroid is still questionable in nursing. Data with Budesonide delivered via dry powder inhaler indicates that the total daily oral dose of Budesonide in breast milk to the infant is approximately 0.3% to 1% of the dose inhaled by the mother. The manufacturer recommends that caution be used when administering Budesonide inhalation to nursing women.
No. Consult your OB or peds, but basically, no, it is not dangerous. Very little of the medicine gets into the breast milk. Remember, if you cannot breath well (from lack of medicine) then you won't be able to focus and give your baby the best of care.
No. Forgot to mention that as of right now, there is one inhaled corticorsteroid, which is in the pregnancy category b classification. It is called Budesonide (trade name is pulmicort), and if you are feeling uncertain about breastfeeding and asthma inhalers, you may want to try that particular type of inhaler.
No. No. Dr greene has a great explanation.

Related Questions

My girlfriend uses a steroid inhaler for her asthma. Will this harm our unborn child? Or will she be a steroid baby?

No not likely. Although steroid inhalers are category c her doctor obviously felt that the risk of not being on this obviously outweighed any potential problem. If her asthma is dangerous enough to threaten herself as well as baby then it is far more preferable for your girlfriend to be on steroid inhaler then not.
Not likely. Inhlaed steroids have very little absorption into a person's bloodstream. Orally taken tablets on the other hand are absorbed. Whatever she is taking, discuss it and all other issues with her ob.

I can't avoid some of my asthma triggers, is it safe to use my steroid inhaler?

Yes. Totally safe. You need to be aggressive about keeping your asthma under control.
Yes. Yes, inhaled corticosteroid inhalers are usually very safe to use, if used under the guidance of a physician and in appropriate dosages, depending on your age and disease severity. Like all medications, there are risks involved and certain side effects that your doctor will discuss with you.
Consider alternative. Few people prescribed steroid inhalers get by without them. When they try they have a poorer quality of life, use other asthma medications excessively & have asthma episodes requiring oral steroids to prevent death or hospitalization. Five days of oral Prednisone is the equivalent of 2-4 years of daily inhaled steroids. Inhaled steroids are safe & effective with minor side-effects. Don't be fooled.
Yes... Steroid inhalers, when used as your doctor prescribes, is very safe and effective. Very little of the steroid in the inhaler is absorbed systemically, thus reducing the side effects of systemic steroids.

Which of the following asthma medications should I reduce if have no symptoms at all 1)controlling tablets 2)quick relief inhaler 3)steroid inhaler?

See below. The steroid inhaler is your controller/maintenance for use daily/routinely. The tablet is also assisting with the control/maintenance aspects of your asthma. Your action plan should advise that the quick relief (albuterol) can be decreased/increased in frequency depending on the severity or improvement of your breathing status.
Don't play doctor. That is a decision that you should make in consultation with your physician. Your quick relief inhaler should only be used for acute symptoms and not routinely. The nhlbi guidelines other than younger children would suggest the oral controller tablet. The steroid inhaler is the primary medication otherwise for anything other than "intermittent asthma". Don't play doctor!

Which one is better for long term asthma prevention, steroid inhaler or oral controlling tablets?

Inhaler. Steroid inhaler is more prefer for long term asthma prevention because of the systemic effect with oral tablets-increase risk for diabetes and depression as well. Your doctor can instruct you for proper usage with oral when need with acute situation.
Asthma controllers. Inhaled steroids are the number one choice for longterm control of chronic inflammation in asthma. The tablet medications, montelukast, zafirlukast and zileuton are also good for long-term control, if they work well for you. Many patients are on both. You don't want to take oral steroids for long, though. They have too many side effects that are dangerous, over time. Short term theysave lives tho.
Depends. It all depends which one you respond well and severity of the symptom. Usually steroid inhaler is good enough. Oral one is usually use when patient not responding to steroid inhaler. Long term use oral steroid can cause osteoporosis, depress your immune system cause susceptible to infection. People with asthma also use albuterol inhaler, not just use steroid inhaler.
Steroid? Singulair (montelukast)? Montelukast (singulair), Accolate & zyflo (zileuton) are nonsteroidal tablets that have limited anti-inflammatory effects when compared to inhaled corticosteroids. For mild persistent asthma both types of controller medications are effective. For more severe asthma inhaled steroids work better. You can take both for added effect. Both types of medications treat but neither prevents asthma.

Not sure what a normal range for spo2 are as I just had my oxygen levels checked and it's 94spo2, it was 98/99 few days ago, also had to change to a long lasting steroid inhaler for asthma?

Can vary. It can vary but it s still in the 90s. If you are having shortness of breath or wheezing the number would be lower also cold fingers can cause a change in the meters ability to detect accurately.

My daughter has an asthma caused by allergy and she is taking singular one per day and steroid inhaler twice per day since 3 months. Is it gd?

Yes, if this treatment regimen is controlling her symptoms and preventing asthma exacerbations. Your pediatrician should be following the asthma guidelines to manage your daughter's asthma. You can look up those guidelines online to get a better understanding of what I'm referring to. Just type in Pediatric Asthma Guidelines in any search engine.

My Dr prescribe perforomist nebulizer for worsening asthma. Steroid inhaler affects vocal cords. Worried about side effects. Once start can't stop?

See an asthma. Specialist and an ENT specialist, your doctor is trying to help control your asthma, given that you are reporting vocal cords problems with ICS. Preforomist isn't recommended for long term asthma control.