Are Medications Safe While Breastfeeding?
Want to know what is safe and what isn’t when taking medicines while breastfeeding? Breastfeeding.com provides the must-know details about taking medicines while breastfeeding, how safe they are for baby, and how they may affect your breast milk.
In summary, the following medications are considered safe or “moderately safe” for breastfeeding moms and babies:
Acne medicine: Proactiv
Allergy medicines: Clarinex and Claritin
Antibiotics: in general is ok.
Antidepressants: Zoloft is the “best drug choice so far”. Paxil, Prozac is ok. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks.
Antihistamines: Benadry may decrease the milk production. Consider other options if young babies less than six weeks.
Anti-inflammatory drugs: including Acular, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Rheumox, Toradol
Aspirin: small dose is ok
Blood pressure drugs: most of them are ok
Cold medicine: Tamiflu
Heartburn medicines: most of the are ok, including Prevacid, Prilosec, Zantac
Migraine medicine: Imitrex
Sleeping Pills: ok. But mothers may not wake easily with her baby beside her.
Other medications may be not safe for breastfeeding mothers and babies or need to be taken with precaution. Such as,
Acne medicine: Accutane and other retinoids
Birth control pills: one-time use of morning-after pill is safe
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