There are some hay fever medicines that you can usually take while you’re breastfeeding without risk to your baby. Nasal sprays and eyedrops should be tried first, and the antihistamines loratadine and cetirizine are generally considered safe when taken at low doses.
Does loratadine affect milk supply?
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.
What allergy medicine is safe while breastfeeding?
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. These include Allegra (fexofenadine), Claritin (loratidine), and Xyzal (levocetirizine).
How long does loratadine 10 mg stay in your system?
The elimination half-life of loratadine is 8–14 hours and that of its metabolite is 17–24 hours, which accounts for the 24-hour duration of action of the drug. Wheal inhibition is detected at 1.5 hours after administration, reaches a peak at 4–6 hours, and may last 36–48 hours.
Is loratadine safe for infants?
Claritin RediTabs for Juniors 24-Hour (loratadine 10 mg)
Taking more than directed may cause drowsiness. DO NOT GIVE this medicine to a child younger than 2 years old.
Who should not take loratadine?
Who should not take Loratadine?
- liver failure.
- liver problems.
- moderate to severe kidney impairment.
What are the side effects of loratadine?
Loratadine may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- dry mouth.
- sore throat.
- mouth sores.
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
Does Claritin affect milk supply?
Loratadine (Claritin) has been studied and the amount of loratadine that passes into breastmilk is extremely low. Claritin-D and Allegra-D have the decongestant pseudoephedrine added (see above about possible effect on milk supply).
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.
Which drugs are contraindicated during breastfeeding?
Drugs contraindicated during breastfeeding include anticancer drugs, lithium, oral retinoids, iodine, amiodarone and gold salts. An understanding of the principles underlying the transfer into breast milk is important, as is an awareness of the potential adverse effects on the infant.
Can I take loratadine 10 mg twice a day?
How to use Loratadine-D oral. Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually twice daily (every 12 hours) with a full glass of water. Do not crush or chew this medication.
What does loratadine do to the body?
Loratadine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose. Loratadine is used to treat sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, skin rash, itching, and other cold or allergy symptoms.
How long does loratadine take to leave your system?
|Metabolism||liver (CYP2D6- and 3A4-mediated)|
|Elimination half-life||8 hours, active metabolite desloratadine 27 hours|
|Excretion||40% as conjugated metabolites into urine Similar amount into the feces|
Should I take loratadine at night or in the morning?
Timing: Take loratadine once a day at the same time each day, either in the morning OR in the evening. You can take loratadine with or without food. Swallow the tablet whole, with a glass of water.
What is loratadine used for in babies?
This medication is an antihistamine that treats symptoms such as itching, runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing from “hay fever” and other allergies. It is also used to relieve itching from hives. Loratadine does not prevent hives or prevent/treat a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
What can I give my infant for allergies?
Allergy Help for Infants
Most over-the-counter (OTC) allergy meds are considered safe for kids 2 years of age and older. Oral antihistamines like Claritin (loratadine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), and Allegra (fexofenadine) are available OTC in kid-friendly formulations.