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. 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.
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.
Yes. Totally safe. You need to be aggressive about keeping your asthma under control.
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.
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. No. Dr greene has a great explanation.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
NO. Just to reiterate what has been posted, no.
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.
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.
No. And no. There are different types of steroids.