There are very limited studies or case reports for the use of antihistamines in breastfeeding. Studies of the non-sedating antihistamines, loratadine and cetirizine, show low levels of transfer into breast milk and these would be considered the preferred choice antihistamines for a breastfeeding mother.
Why is Zyrtec not recommended while breastfeeding?
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 zyrtec safe for breastfeeding?
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.
Can you take antihistamines when breast feeding?
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.
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.
Which antihistamine is best for breastfeeding?
Studies of the non-sedating antihistamines, loratadine and cetirizine, show low levels of transfer into breast milk and these would be considered the preferred choice antihistamines for a breastfeeding mother.
Is it better to take Zyrtec in the morning or night?
Cetirizine can be taken at any time of the day. In most people it is non-sedating, so they take it in the morning. However, a percentage of people do find it to be sedating so if it does make you drowsy it is best to take it in the evening. Cetirizine can be taken with or without food.
Can allergies be passed through breast milk?
It is rare for a breastfeeding child to experience an allergic response to something passed through a mother’s milk.
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.
How long does Zyrtec last in your system?
The elimination half-life of Zyrtec is between 8 to 9 hours. It takes approximately 5.5 x elimination half-life for a medicine to be cleared from your system. For Zyrtec this is 5.5 x 9 hours which is about 2 days.
What allergy meds are safe while breastfeeding?
The ingredients of Claritin, Claritin-D, Clarinex, Allegra, Allegra-D, and Zyrtec are generally regarded to be compatible with breastfeeding (again – always double-check the active ingredients). Loratadine (Claritin) has been studied and the amount of loratadine that passes into breastmilk is extremely low.
Does Benadryl help dry up breast milk?
Benadryl doesn’t affect the amount of milk your body makes. However, it may decrease the flow of milk from your breasts. Benadryl can also be passed to your child through your breast milk when you take the pills or use it on your skin.
What medications are safe to take while breastfeeding?
Most over-the-counter (also called OTC) medicine, like pain relievers and cold medicine, are OK to take when you’re breastfeeding. For example, OTC pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil®) or acetaminophen (Tylenol®) are safe to use when breastfeeding.
What can I take for sleep while breastfeeding?
The sleeping pills Ambien and Lunesta are considered safe to use for occasional use while breastfeeding because very little of the drug gets into the breast milk and reaches the baby. (Consult your doctor before taking any medications while nursing.)
Can I use anti itch cream while breastfeeding?
Moisturizers such as Glaxal Base or Hydrous Emulsifying Ointment are safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Calamine Lotion and Aveeno Colloidal Oatmeal Bath are both safe options to use. 1% Hydrocortisone cream is also safe to apply topically to skin during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Why do my armpits itch breastfeeding?
Other symptoms during let-down: Some mothers experience itching (usually of the breast or underarm area) during letdown; this may be due to the increased blood flow or a response to oxytocin release.