You asked: Is it safe to take antihistamine while breastfeeding?

All antihistamines are considered safe to use during breastfeeding, as minimal amounts are excreted in the breast milk and would not cause any adverse effects on a breastfeeding infant.

What antihistamines are safe when breastfeeding?

Non-sedating antihistamines are the preferred choice for a breastfeeding mother:

  • Loratadine (Clarityn®) (Powell 2007, Hilbert 1997),
  • Cetirizine (Zirtek®, BecoAllergy®, Piriteze®, Benadryl®) reaches low levels in breastmilk and is recommended by the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Powell 2007)

How long does antihistamine stay in breastmilk?

One old study that used a biologic assay system reported that after a 100 mg intramuscular dose of diphenhydramine in four women, drug levels in milk were undetectable in two and 42 and 100 mcg/L in two others at one hour after the dose.

However, caution is advised for cetirizine use while breastfeeding due to the theoretical risk of CNS depression based on limited human data and risk of decreased milk production.

Is OK to take Benadryl while breastfeeding?

It’s generally safe to use. However, Benadryl can pass through breast milk and affect your child. So, it’s not the best choice if you’re breastfeeding. Learn how Benadryl works, how using it can affect your baby, and alternatives that may be safer.

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Can I still breastfeed if I have an allergic reaction?

However, if there is a true allergy or sensitivity, you do not need to wean your baby from the breast. If you change your diet, you and your baby can continue to enjoy breastfeeding for as long as mutually desired.

What can I take for allergies while nursing?

Antihistamines are the medication of choice for these symptoms and are considered safe for your baby and your milk supply. Zyrtec (cetirizine) is the preferred antihistamine when breastfeeding. Other second-generation antihistamines are also considered safe, but do not have as much research to support their use.

Do Antihistamines dry up breast milk?

Antihistamines may cause a reduction in serum prolactin but this probably has no effect on breast milk production where lactation is established, and when the doses used are low. However, cyproheptadine should be avoided because of the evidence that is available for interference with breast milk production.

What can I take for sleep while breastfeeding?

Diphenhydramine is the one most commonly used in sleep aids. Some drugs contain diphenhydramine alone, such as Nytol or Sominex, and others combine it with pain relievers, such as Tylenol PM (acetaminophen and diphenhydramine). When lactating, you should not take combination products containing aspirin.

How long after taking medication Can I breastfeed?

Drugs to relieve headache, aches, pain or fever

Try not to breastfeed for 1 to 2 hours after taking the dose to minimise the amount in your breastmilk.

Is Zyrtec R safe while breastfeeding?

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you do become pregnant during treatment with Zyrtec®-R, tell your doctor. The ingredients in Zyrtec®-R can pass into breast milk. If you are breast-feeding, you must check with your doctors before you take Zyrtec®-R.

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Does Zyrtec affect milk supply?

Certain medications decrease milk supply, including medications containing pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Zyrtec D, others). Your health care provider might also caution against certain types of hormonal contraception, at least until breast-feeding is firmly established.

Does Claritin dry up breast milk?

Claritin is one allergy medicine that has been studied during breastfeeding, and it’s shown to pass only marginally into breastmilk. Do note, however, that Claritin-D contains pseudoephedrine and can reduce milk supply.

Can I take vitamin C while breastfeeding?

The recommended vitamin C intake in lactating women is 120 mg daily, and for infants aged 6 months or less is 40 mg daily. [1] High daily doses up to 1000 mg increase milk levels, but not enough to cause a health concern for the breastfed infant and is not a reason to discontinue breastfeeding.

How long does Benadryl stay in the body?

For the average healthy adult, elimination half-life ranges from 6.7 to 11.7 hours. So between 6 to 12 hours after taking Benadryl, half the drug will be eliminated from the body. Within two days, the drug will be completely gone from the body.

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