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No human studies have been performed on breastfeeding and Alaway. It is not known whether this medication passes through breast milk or whether any problems would occur if it did. Since Alaway is an eye drop, it is unlikely that a significant amount of it would reach the breast milk. If you are using this medication and breastfeeding, watch out for any problems in your infant.

An Overview of Alaway and Breastfeeding

Alaway® (ketotifen ophthalmic solution) is a non-prescription antihistamine eye drop. It is approved for the treatment of itchy eyes due to eye allergies. At this time, it is unknown if Alaway passes through breast milk in humans. If you are breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Alaway.
 

Is It Safe to Take Alaway While Breastfeeding?

No studies have been done to see if Alaway passes through breast milk in humans. Studies have shown that ketotifen, the active ingredient in Alaway, passes through breast milk in rats when given by mouth (not as an eye drop).
 
It is important to understand that Alaway is an eye drop, and little of the medication actually reaches the bloodstream. Based on this information, it is unlikely that a significant amount of the drug would reach the breast milk. However, the possibility of problems cannot be entirely eliminated, since this medication has never been studied in breastfeeding women. If your healthcare provider recommends taking it while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects (such as irritability or drowsiness) in your child.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and Alaway. 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, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about breastfeeding and Alaway that is right for you.
 
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