Phenyephrine is poorly bioavailability (not well absorbed from the gut) so it is not likely to produce effects in a breastfed infant with normal doses. Because of pseudoephedrine’s effect on milk production, concerns exist that phenylephrine may suppress milk although there is no evidence that this occurs.
Does phenylephrine affect milk supply?
Drug Levels and Effects
The oral bioavailability of phenylephrine is only about 40%, so the drug is unlikely to reach the infant in large amounts. However, intravenous or oral administration of phenylephrine might decrease milk production.
Is phenylephrine OK to take while breastfeeding?
Phenylephrine, an ingredient in pediatric cough and cold preparations, is considered safe. While excretion into breast milk is unknown, it is unlikely to be excreted into breast milk in large quantities due to its poor bioavailability.
What decongestant will dry up breast milk?
Pseudoephedrine, or Sudafed, is a common over-the-counter decongestant. Research shows the Sudafed causes a noticeable decrease in milk production. Like birth control, Sudafed should only be used to suppress lactation under the supervision of a doctor.
What will dry up breast milk?
Wear a supportive bra that holds your breasts in place. Use ice packs and over-the-counter pain (OTC) medications to help with pain and inflammation. Hand express milk to ease engorgement. Do this sparingly so you don’t continue to stimulate production.
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 antihistamine is best for breastfeeding?
Loratadine or cetirizine are the antihistamine tablets recommended if you’re breastfeeding.
Are decongestants safe while breastfeeding?
AVOID decongestant tablets, powders or drinks.
Many people take decongestant tablets, powders and lemon drinks when they have a cold or sinus pain. Although they are unlikely to affect a breastfeeding baby they have a potential significant impact on milk supply and should be avoided during breastfeeding.
Does Zyrtec 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.
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.
Is there a pill to dry up breast milk?
Taking drugs such as Cabergoline or Dostinex® to stop breast milk works best for mothers who have not been breastfeeding for long. Talk to your doctor, midwife or nurse if you would like more information about these drugs.
Can mucinex dry up breast milk?
The expectorant guaifenesin and the cough suppressant dextromethorphan are often found together in products like Mucinex DM or Robitussin DM. Both of these medications are okay to take while breastfeeding.