Claritin-D and Breastfeeding

It is generally considered safe for women who are nursing to take Claritin-D. Breastfeeding women should use caution while using the drug, however, because the medication has been shown to pass through breast milk. If you are taking Claritin-D and breastfeeding (or thinking of breastfeeding), be sure to watch for any side effects in your child, especially irritability or sleep changes.

Claritin-D and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Claritin-D® (loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate) passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider about taking Claritin-D.

Claritin-D and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

Studies have shown that both components of Claritin-D (loratadine and pseudoephedrine) pass through breast milk. However, these medications usually do not cause problems in nursing infants. Many healthcare providers consider Claritin-D to be safe while breastfeeding. If your healthcare provider recommends the drug while breastfeeding, however, you should still watch for any side effects in your child. In adults, Claritin-D can cause insomnia, so be sure to watch for any irritability or sleep changes in your infant.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Claritin-D and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Claritin-D and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision about Claritin-D and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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